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On killing: the psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society
Short Title: On killing
Format: Book
Publication Date: Nov 30, 1995
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Place of Publication: Boston
Sources ID: 47916
Collection: Altruism
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
The vast majority of soldiers are loathe to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this intinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Grossman's controversial thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder, especially among the young.