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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Interesting History of Unibomber Theodore Kaczynski

He attended high school at Evergreen Park Community High School. Kaczynski did well academically, but found the mathematics too simple during his sophomore year. He was subsequently placed in a more advanced math class. Kaczynski quickly mastered the material, and skipped the eleventh grade. With the help of a summer school course for English, he completed his high school education when he was 15. He was encouraged to apply to Harvard University, and was subsequently accepted as a student beginning in Fall 1958 at the age of 16. While at Harvard, Kaczynski was taught by famed logician Willard Quine, scoring at the top of Quine's class with a 98.9% final grade. He also participated in a multiple-year personality study conducted by Dr. Henry Murray, an expert on stress interviews.[7]

Students in Murray's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-sponsored study were told they would be debating personal philosophy with a fellow student.[9] Instead, they were subjected to the stress test, which was an extremely stressful and prolonged psychological attack by an anonymous attorney. During the test, students were strapped into a chair and connected to electrodes that monitored their physiological reactions, while facing bright lights and a two-way mirror. This was filmed, and students' expressions of impotent rage were played back to them several times later in the study. According to Chase, Kaczynski's records from that period suggest he was emotionally stable when the study began. Kaczynski's lawyers attributed some of his emotional instability and dislike of mind control to his participation in this study.[9][10]

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#7 ^ a b c d "Pysychological Evaluation of Theodore Kaczynski". Court TV. Retrieved on 2009-02-04.

#8 ^ Elder, Robert K. (May 17, 2008). "A brother lost, a brotherhood found". Chicago Tribune.,0,7970571.story. Retrieved on 2009-02-04.

#9 ^ a b Chase, Alston (June 2000). "Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber". The Atlantic. Retrieved on 2009-02-04.

#10 ^ Cockburn, Alexander (October 18, 1999). "CIA Shrinks & LSD". CounterPunch. Retrieved on 2009-02-04.

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