Nswer the 5 following questions using the attached readings/talks
Good evening, the title of the course is Science & Business”.
We have to answer to the following 5 questions. The assignment consists of questions that require answers of two or three paragraphs (between 7 and 21 lines of text). You will be expected to refer to the readings/TED talks/ documentary clips several times in your answers.
The questions :
1) Define social Darwinism in your own words. When you have done this, write a paragraph reflecting on possible reasons why European leaders and scientists found it so attractive in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. (Ch 18, Bowler and Morus)
2) Look at Figure 18.4 in Ch 18, Bowler and Morus. Write a paragraph or two exploring your emotional reactions to this diagram.
3) Philip Zimbardo believes that certain Situational forcesshape human behavior in given behavioral settings, and that these forces lead people to participate in acts of unimaginable cruelty to others. What are these Situational forcesand to what extent do you agree with Zimbardos thesis? (Zimbardo TED talk: The Lucifer Effect)
4) Hitler justified his regimes eugenic excesses by arguing that The right to personal freedom always gives way to the duty of preserving the race. Write a paragraph exploring your intellectual and emotional response to this argument. (Michael Burleigh reading, personal reflection, class discussion)
5) We live in an era of the ultimate conflict with Christianity. It is part of the mission of the SS to give the German people in the next half-century the non-Christian ideological foundations on which to lead and shape their lives.(Himmler, 1937. Quoted in Longerichs Himmler, Ch 10 Ideology and Religious Cult, p. 270). Why was Himmler so anti-Christianity, and what did he hope to replace Christianity with? (Longerichs Himmler)
Readings/Ted Talk :
For Questions 1 & 2, use Reading Ch18 Bowler and MoruS.
For Question 3, use Ted Talk of Philip Zimbardo : philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil
For Question 4, use personal reflection and Michael Burleigh reading
For question 5, use Reading Longerichs Himmler”.
I will add the readingsCh18 Bowler and MoruS & Longerichs Himmlerin few minutes just after the confirmation.