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

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

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by Simon Baron-Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465031420

ISBN-13: 9780465031429

Pub. Date: 09/04/2012

Publisher: Basic Books


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465031429
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
75,074
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
VICKI Moyer More than 1 year ago
It's about time empathy was examined logically and explained in easy-to-understand terms. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the psychology of those psychopathic, borderline-personities, narcistic, or autistic. Great discussion material. Two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very clinical when talking about the science of the brain, but it was interesting to have the spectrum laid out.
eiNch0520_2006 More than 1 year ago
This book does not only explains what is empathy and its importance in the society. The message will really sync into your hearts and minds which will really help you as a person. . .
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Interesting, here and there fascinating, too reductionist for my taste.
Julia King More than 1 year ago
B&N charges $26 for this on the Nook, but you can buy it for $11,50 if you have a Kindle