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Evidence Suggests That People Don’t Kill By Natural Inclination

October 3, 2011

Historical evidence and a form of psychological education used to program people to kill others (killology) suggests we are often reluctant to kill. Studies concerning war reveal that even soldiers are often unable or unwilling to kill:

In World War II, when U.S. soldiers got a clear shot at the enemy, only about 1 in 5 actually fired, according to sensational and controversial research by Army historian Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall. It wasn’t that they were cowards: On the contrary, they performed other perilous feats, including running onto the battlefield to rescue fellow soldiers, and sometimes they even placed themselves in greater personal danger by refusing to fire. And yet at the moment of truth, they just couldn’t kill.

More information: THE SCIENCE OF CREATING KILLERS / Human reluctance to take a life can be reversed through training in the method known as killology

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