Without Conscience

The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

Author: Robert D. Hare

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606235788

Category: Psychology

Page: 236

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Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets--and they do not always ply their trade by killing. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.

No Conscience, No Crime

Author: Deborah Crumpton Barkley

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496904982

Category: Fiction

Page: 214

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Kathryn Patton is an energetic, strong-minded mother of three who is always up for a good mystery. While she barely feels part of her marriage and family, Kathryn earnestly strives to be a devoted young professional climbing toward partnership at her CPA firm. However, feelings of despair and ambivalence, over leaving her small children each day, prevent Kathryn from achieving the career success she desires. When a terrible coincidence traps her inside a whirling, real-life murder mystery, plans change and lives are rerouted to unforeseen destinations. Years of reading whodunit novels and watching mystery movies has scarcely prepared Kathryn with the requisite skills to single-handedly solve the perplexing murder—before she herself gets convicted of the crime. Apparently, the small town police chief and his crew are not interested in knowing what really happened to the young murder victim who happens to be a senator’s daughter. The chief seems content as he allows obviously inept employees to frighteningly further force Kathryn toward wrongful conviction. Kathryn investigates seemingly endless layers of interconnections until she finally discovers unequivocal criminal corruption. In the search for truth, Kathryn never waivers; but the ultimate conclusion is far too evil for Kathryn to comprehend.

No Conscience

Author: Phil M. Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943894246

Category:

Page: N.A

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There's something wrong with this family. Wes Shaw's different than his siblings-darker, awkward, the perpetual ne'er-do-well. Mary Shaw's the doting mother, showering her children with gifts from the heart and the pocketbook. The Shaws have survived divorce and death, but something sinister is in their midst. The truth threatens to tear them apart. The lies threaten to tear them apart. Which side will each choose? Adult language and explicit content.

Conservatives Without Conscience

Author: John W. Dean

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101201371

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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On the heels of his national bestseller Worse Than Watergate, John Dean takes a critical look at the current conservative movement In Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean places the conservative movement's inner circle of leaders in the Republican Party under scrutiny. Dean finds their policies and mind- set to be fundamentally authoritarian, and as such, a danger to democracy. By examining the legacies of such old-line conservatives as J. Edgar Hoover, Spiro Agnew, and Phyllis Schlafly and of such current figures as Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and leaders of the Religious Right, Dean presents an alarming record of abuses of power. His trenchant analysis of how conservatism has lost its bearings serves as a chilling warning and a stirring inspiration to safeguard constitutional principles.

Without Conscience

A Johnny Hawke Novel

Author: David Stuart Davies

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781429953030

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Forests of the Night introduced the intrepid John Hawke, an exciting new detective operating in London during the Blitz. Now Johnny Hawke is back in this atmospheric, thrilling sequel. Set in 1942, Without Conscience finds Rachel Howells in London for the first time, trapped in a web of violence. Her companion, army deserter Harryboy Jenkins, will stop at nothing--not even murder--to enjoy his illicit freedom. Meanwhile, private detective Johnny Hawke is involved in the bizarre murder of one of his clients. At the same time he is trying to find Peter, the runaway boy he had befriended in an earlier case. Inexorably the paths of Harryboy and Johnny grow closer together until they collide with frightening consequences. This is a stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed Forests of the Night and is sure to win Davies a whole new set of fans.

Corporations Without Conscience

And Our Responsibility as Would-Be Stakeholders to Cause Them to Change

Author: Ken Wessel

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462049656

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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Executives, politicians and media pundits are often referred to as leaders even though they are clueless about leadership skills. As a result citizens have become cynical about leaders and are unresponsive to true leaders. Faux leaders facade is made up of lack of conscience, consciousness and conscientiousness. This book will give you direction on how to take control of your life, bring ethics to business, reduce unemployment, create true leaders, meet Stakeholder needs, reduce off-shoring, upgrade US economy and create fair taxing of corporations.

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine

Author: Emanuel Swedenborg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1625582099

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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A wonderful introduction to the beliefs of the New Church and an overview of its theological foundations. Here Emanuel Swedenborg discusses faith, love, goodness and truth, heaven and hell, divine providence, the holy sacraments, and much, much more. For those wishing to explore the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg this is a perfect starting place.

The Psychopath Whisperer

The Science of Those Without Conscience

Author: Kent A. Kiehl, PhD

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0770435858

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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A compelling journey into the science and behavior of psychopaths, written by the leading scientist in the field of criminal psychopathy. We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies—from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment— how they were raised—or is there a genetic compo­nent to their lack of conscience? This is the question Kiehl, a protégé of famed psychopath researcher Dr. Robert Hare, was deter­mined to answer as he began his career twenty years ago. To aid in his quest to unravel the psy­chopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. The brains of more than five hundred psychopaths and three thousand other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s labora­tory—the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. Over the course of The Psy­chopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psy­chopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder. In The Psychopath Whisperer, Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psy­chopaths and studying their thought processes— from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and per­sonality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy. Less than 1 percent of the general population meets the criteria for psychopathy. But psycho­paths account for a vastly outsized proportion of violent crimes. And as Kiehl shows, many who aren’t psychopaths exhibit some of the behaviors and traits associated with the condition. What do you do if you discover your roommate, or boss, or the person you are dating has traits that define a psy­chopath? And what does having a diminished limbic region of the brain mean for how the legal system approaches crimes committed by psychopaths? A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives. From the Hardcover edition.

The Voice of Conscience

A Political Genealogy of Western Ethical Experience

Author: Mika Ojakangas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623561671

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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In Western thought, it has been persistently assumed that in moral and political matters, people should rely on the inner voice of conscience rather than on external authorities, laws, and regulations. This volume investigates this concept, examining the development of the Western politics of conscience, from Socrates to the present, and the formation of the Western ethico-political subject. The work opens with a discussion of the ambiguous role of conscience in politics, contesting the claim that it is the best defense against totalitarianism. It then look back at canonical authors, from the Church Fathers and Luther to Rousseau and Derrida, to show how the experience of conscience constitutes the foundation of Western ethics and politics. This unique work not only synthesizes philosophical and political insights, but also pays attention to political theology to provide a compelling and innovative argument that the experience of conscience has always been at the core of the political Western tradition. An engaging and accessible text, it will appeal to political theorists and philosophers as well as theologians and those interested in the critique of the Western civilization.

Diplomacy of Conscience

Amnesty International and Changing Human Rights Norms

Author: Ann Marie Clark

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400824229

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

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A small group founded Amnesty International in 1961 to translate human rights principles into action. Diplomacy of Conscience provides a rich account of how the organization pioneered a combination of popular pressure and expert knowledge to advance global human rights. To an extent unmatched by predecessors and copied by successors, Amnesty International has employed worldwide publicity campaigns based on fact-finding and moral pressure to urge governments to improve human rights practices. Less well known is Amnesty International's significant impact on international law. It has helped forge the international community's repertoire of official responses to the most severe human rights violations, supplementing moral concern with expertise and conceptual vision. Diplomacy of Conscience traces Amnesty International's efforts to strengthen both popular human rights awareness and international law against torture, disappearances, and political killings. Drawing on primary interviews and archival research, Ann Marie Clark posits that Amnesty International's strenuously cultivated objectivity gave the group political independence and allowed it to be critical of all governments violating human rights. Its capacity to investigate abuses and interpret them according to international standards helped it foster consistency and coherence in new human rights law. Generalizing from this study, Clark builds a theory of the autonomous role of nongovernmental actors in the emergence of international norms pitting moral imperatives against state sovereignty. Her work is of substantial historical and theoretical relevance to those interested in how norms take shape in international society, as well as anyone studying the increasing visibility of nongovernmental organizations on the international scene.

Conscience of a Dead Killer

Author: Gary Delfino

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468522086

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

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Is there life after death? According to religious beliefs, there is. Heaven waits for believers, and Hell waits for those who are evil. For the evil convicted killer, BILLY BOYLE, there is a fate worse than Hell. After his execution he meets his Spirit Guide. He discovers his divine punishment. He will be going back in time, and going back in time to witness the life of his first victim, his late wife Susan. As an unseen ghost from the future, Billy is now forced to watch her grow into the beautiful woman, who he will marry and ultimately murder on their honeymoon for money. Also, Billy’s Ghost gets one little bonus: He now has a conscience. After witnessing his evil act, Billy’s Spirit is once again hurled back in time in order to watch the life and death of yet another victim. This is where things change for Billy. Billy’s Ghost discovers that for some strange reason, a famous retired FBI agent can see and hear him where no one else can. Together, they earnestly work to stop the living killer from murdering his four victims. Unfortunately, stopping the evil and ruthless Billy Boyle, is no easy task.