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The Science of Evil : On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

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Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common--lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world.In The Science of Evil Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty. A true psychologist, however, he examines social and environmental factors that can erode empathy, including neglect and abuse. Based largely on Baron-Cohen's own research, The Science of Evil will change the way we understand and treat human cruelty.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Basic Civitas Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 0465031420
  • 9780465031429
  • 82,408

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New York Times "A simple but persuasive hypothesis for a new way to think about evil." Paul Harris, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education "Simon Baron-Cohen displays once again his ability to bring science to bear on troubling and controversial issues. Arguing that we explain nothing by describing acts of wanton cruelty as evil, he explores the simple but powerful hypothesis that such acts can be traced to a distinct psychological state&mdaash;a lack of empathy. He backs up his claim with a wealth of research--from developmental psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and genetics. Those who have to deal with the aftermath of cruelty may not agree with Baron-Cohen's analysis but they will surely be informed and provoked by his boldness and originality." Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology, University of California - Santa Barbara; author of The Ethical Brain "Horrific crimes usually freeze the mind, leaving only a desire for retribution. Simon Baron-Cohen has taken us beyond those mental inadequacies. In this book, proposing a new way to think about evil people and empathy, he has laid the scientific groundwork for a future and brighter science of understanding the dark side of the human condition."show more

About Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the departments of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. He is the Director of the University's Autism Research Centre, and a Fellow of Trinity College. He has received the Spearman Medal, the May Davison Award for Clinical Psychology, and the Presidents Award from the British Psychological Society. He has also won the McAndless Award from the American Psychological Association. His previous books include The Essential Difference and Mindblindness. He lives in Cambridge, England.show more
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