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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/4/2012
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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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 EvilSimon 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 Evilwill change the way we understand and treat human cruelty.

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