*Sigh* Part of the reasons we have cautionary tales like Jurassic Park, or Terminator, is a s a cultural warning to 1) Not make dinosaurs from preserved DNA and 2) Not allow networks of thinking machines. SKYNET= bad, Velociraptors=bad.
Likewise, Serenity also had a warning. Trying to scientifically treat Evil will backfire bigtime. Like, Reavers bigtime.
But, as always, there’s some know-it-all scientist who thinks he can figure it out. That Evil is not a sufficient word, that it’s a malfunction in the brain that causes lack of empathy that accounts for Evil. Because empathy is simply a function of the brain. The ability to Love Your Neighbor, or even enemy, is a matter of Biology.
This guy may be a genius, but he’s also an utter fool. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty– these things are beyond the physical boundaries of science. Likewise are their opposites. If you think you find the cause of evil in a biological system, you will then try to cure it. I cannot but help suspect that any “cure” would simply enable the evil to do greater harm. Perhaps those brain malfuctions that coincide with evil what holds the evil back. Heal it, and you may unleash Hell.
This is not to say that people with malfuctioning brains should not seek to have them healed. Rather, that if the healing is simply on the physical nature, the incompleteness of it may infact lead to greater damage. It is the Soul that needs healing, then the mind, and at the last, the brain. Inside out, not outside in.
Clearly, I believe the understanding of evil as a physical-plane only issues is a big mistake. Treating it as such will only make things much worse. At best you will mask the symptoms, at worst. . . SKYNET. Velociraptors. Reavers.