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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 - 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.”
“Clearly written and succinct, this book will enrich but not overwhelm interested readers…provides a useful perspective for understanding human pathology, including events like Columbine and the Holocaust.”
It is the most accessible book that I have read on the subject.
It would be like someone writing a book about cakes but then focusing only on the butter and saying that was the key to it all.
In fact, "evil" need not even have a distinct origin: mobs (and in-groups) are mostly mindless, and evanescent.
This is a chatty tour of academic studies to intellectualize about hostility. Figure 1, Chapter 1, presents a photograph of two Nazi SS 'physicians' torturing an inmate at Dachau,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter S. Oliphant, Ph.D.
Simon Baron-Cohen is – unfortunately – one of the most influential researchers in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bernhard Schmidt
This is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. I think I understand much more about human nature now than before.Published 5 months ago by Janice Lockwood
The author is obviously a scientist and not a gifted writer, but several months after reading it I'm still impressed by the zero-empathy types that we meet several times per year. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chelydra
This is a masterpiece. It is very short: just over a hundred and thirty pages long. Yet, every single page shines with humanity fully supported by data and evidence (with over... Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Cheung
I read Science of Evil: On Empathy and the origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen at one sitting. That's rare for me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jon Reisdorf
The author provided lots of information that I was completely unaware of. I would like to hear the book again because there was too much information to absorb it all at one time.Published 7 months ago by Denyse