Blow Your Mind: The Bad Seed

Movie version.
Movie version.
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Tales of the enfant terrible have been with us for ages, terrifying us with the notion that strangeness in our children portends something darker.

But what does science have to say on the matter?

Can children be psychopaths, and if so is there any hope for them?

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I consider the notion of the bad seed.

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.