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

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An award-winning psychologist draws on years of research to unveil "a simple but persuasive hypothesis for a new way to think about evil." ―New York Times

How can we explain both cruelty and kindness? To award-winning psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, the explanation for cruelty is low levels of empathy, and the explanation for kindness is high levels of empathy. In The Science of Evil, Baron-Cohen draws on decades of research to develop a new, brain-based theory of human cruelty and kindness. He explores the social and biological factors that can influence our empathy levels, explains the key distinction between cognitive and affective forms of empathy, and shows how low empathy can lead to dehumanizing behavior. The Science of Evil continues to challenge our understanding of human cruelty.



Author: Simon Baron-Cohen
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 09/04/2012
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.40w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780465031429

About the Author
Simon Baron-Cohen is professor of psychology and psychiatry and director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University. He is the author of six hundred scientific articles and four books, including The Science of Evil and The Essential Difference.