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The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Crueltyby Simon Baron Cohen
Synopses & Reviews
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.
A pathbreaking autism researcher explores why some people lack empathy and what that absence means for our psychological understanding of evil.
About the Author
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 Universitys 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.
Table of Contents
1. Explaining "Evil" and Human Cruelty
2. The Empathy Mechanism: The Bell Curve
3. When Zero Degrees of Empathy is Negative
4. When Zero Degrees of Empathy is Positive
5. The Empathy Gene
6. Reflections on Human Cruelty
Appendix 1: The Empathy Quotient (EO)
Appendix 2: How to Spot Zero Degrees of Empathy (Negative)
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