From the prologue:
The idea I [Hauser] develop is that evildoers are made in much the same way that addicts are made. Both processes start with unsatisfied desires. Whether it is a taste for violence or a taste for alcohol, drugs, food, or gambling, individuals develop cravings but find the desired experience less and less rewarding, a separation between desire and reward that leads to excess. To justify the excess, the psychology of desire recruits the psychology of denial, enabling individuals to immerse themselves in a new reality that feels right.
Interesting. This could be an excellent book. I imagine that the author has a lot of insight into this psychological state of immersing oneself in a new reality that feels right. Or maybe we all do this. In any case, thinking about extreme evil (what Hauser calls “gratuitous cruelty”) is helpful in developing a sense of perspective. Compared to murder, rape, torture, etc., I have to admit that faking data is a pretty mild offense. All it does is waste people’s time (and some lab animals’ lives) and slow down the progress of science. To a scientist like myself, that sounds pretty bad, but it’s really nothing in the grand scheme of things.
The webpage says that the book “will be published early this summer (2013) online at Amazon.” I guess it’s a little behind schedule. I understand this. Most of my projects go behind schedule too.