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Transcript II: 8.5 Million Sociopaths: interview with Psychiatrist Donald Black

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Rob Kall:   Another angle I want to look at this with is, what about -- we have a whole new world with the internet, and there's a lot of talk about "trolls" and anonymous behaviors.  What about sociopaths and anti-social behaviors online?  Can you talk about that a bit?


Donald Black:   You know, that's really a wonderful question.  I can't really address that because I don't know a lot about it.  But I did mention in the book, and I talked about it, and there are other cases too, of hackers.  There was a hacker, well-known (I think this was in the 90s), a guy named named Keven Mitnick, clearly a bright guy.  He was arrested for hacking and has a whole host of problems relating to that, ends up in prison -- I'm not sure what he's doing now.  He's long since been released.  But you see this repeatedly with some of these bright -- I guess you could refer them to as computer nerds -- who are very interested in hacking, and get into trouble because of that. 

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But you can commit all kinds of criminal acts on the internet, from finding underage sex partners, to hacking into people's bank accounts, to hacking into government bank accounts.  So there's all manner of crimes that could be committed, and some of those might be considered these white-collar crimes, because you would basically have a perpetrator who is educated, smart, has access to computers, and so forth.


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Rob Kall:   Let's try to extrapolate a little bit.  When you're in the world dealing with people and you encounter somebody, you never know if they're a sociopath or not, and it's not like they're going to suddenly beat you up, necessarily.


Donald Black:   Right.


Rob Kall:   It may be  that you're working with them.


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Donald Black:   That's true.


Rob Kall:   Let's say you work with somebody who is a sociopath.  What kind of patterns of behavior would you expect?  What kind of feelings would you have that might be in response to somebody who is a sociopath?  Because maybe that is interesting all by itself, and maybe it might also apply to online behavior, too.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 


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