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Religion, Violence, and Human Nature [videorecording]: Different Views of 11 September [2001]

[presented by] the University of Virginia Medical School
Video; DVD
J. Anderson Thomson, M.D. (Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction and Staff Psychiatrist, Student Health and the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, University of Virginia) presented alternative ideas to understanding the events of September 11, 2001 that occurred in the United States. Thomson described two views: (1) the world is the same and has not changed, but is affected by male-bonded coalitioned men using violence that is part of human nature and is millions of years old and (2) religions have a way of harnessing this violent nature in men for its own ends. Dr. Thomson provided examples from other species, cultures, and paleontolgical evidence along with descriptions of religious ideas and cognitive mechanisms that religions have utilized. Leslie Blackhall (Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Palliative Care) and Medical Education (Bioethics/Medical Humanities), University of Virginia) presented a case for the violence of human beings as evidenced without religion as a division or driving force. Blackhall posed the question: "How do we de-program our minds [against this choice for violence]?"
Panelists: J. Anderson Thomson, Leslie Blackhall ; Moderator, Julia E. Connelly.
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60 min.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss your view of why and how the tragedy of September 11th occurred -- 2. Discuss possible origins of violent behavior and factors that may perpetuate these tendencies in our culture and others.
  • "Medicine & Society in Conversation."
Medical center hour
Series Statement
Medical center hour ; 9/18/02
Charlottesville, Va. : The University, [Media Production Services, Clinical Engineering, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center], c2002.
1 videodisc (60 min.) sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + script.
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