What could cause an individual to commit acts of destruction, could it be that everyone has an inner desire to destroy everything in their path or is that desire to destroy evolves as one experiences life. The case study report Charles Whitman: The Amygdala & Mass Murder by Rhawn Joseph gives an insight on this topic. The article explains the important life events of Whitman and the factors that cause each specific phase of his life, one can see Biological or psychological factors that have played in the desire for Whitman to massacre his fellow peers. These genetic and environmental factors can be interpreted into a broader scale known as the nature-nurture debate. In order to understand the article as it analysis the article one must comprehend the nature-nurture debate.
The nature-nature debate is about whether an individual is influence more by his or her genetic inheritance or do environmental factors contribute towards one development. Those that argue that nature plays a major role in the development of a person...
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- On August 01st, 1966 on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, many families lost their loved ones to the actions of Charles Whitman, a lone gunman who was only 25 years old at the time; Whitman climbed the campus tower, and with three rifles, two pistols, and a sawed-off shotgun, he shot forty-three people, (thirteen of whom died,) in just under ninety-six minutes. This historic tragic event became known as the UT Tower Shooting. According to the Texas Monthly archives, Charles Whitman, an Architectural major, and Ex-Marine had battled personal demons of depression and severe headaches so much to the point that he started that very morning off by killing his mother and wife.... [tags: University, Higher education]
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