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

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

by Simon Baron-Cohen
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The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen

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: 9780465023806
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/06/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 225,214
File size: 964 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Simon Baron-Cohen is a Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge. A recipient of the McAndless Award from the American Psychological Association, he lives in the United Kingdom.

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The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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. . .
GFio More than 1 year ago
As a student pursuing a degree in neuroscience, this book was very interesting! Cohen explains from a psychological and physiological perspective why individuals struggle with disorders such as psychopathy, narcissism, borderline-personality disorder, and autism. His research on autism has really been progressive. I also enjoyed his take on what his the scientific findings on empathy should mean for our justice system. He puts popular beliefs to the test, and gives educated arguments. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in behavior, mental illness, and our justice.
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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