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The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty Paperback – 4 Sep 2012
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"What makes someone evil? What's the brain got to do with it? Baron-Cohen confronts the most urgent and controversial questions in social neuroscience. Both disturbing and compassionate this brilliant book establishes a new science of evil, explaining both its brain basis and development. Baron-Cohen fundamentally transforms how we understand cruelty in others and in so doing forces us to examine ourselves. Reading this book invites us to widen our own circle of empathy--compelling us to grow and comprehend, if not forgive."--Andrew N. Meltzoff, co-director of University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences and co-author of The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind
"A simple but persuasive hypothesis for a new way to think about evil."--New York Times
"Ground-breaking and important.... This humane and immensely sympathetic book calls us to the task of reinterpreting aberrant human behaviour so that we might find ways of changing it for the better.... The effect...is not to diminish the concept of human evil, but to demystify it."--Richard Holloway, Literary Review
"Rigorously researched.... [Baron-Cohen's] discussion of how parents can instill lifelong empathy in their children is particularly useful."--Psychology Today
"Attractively humane...fascinating information about the relation between degrees of empathy and the state of our brains."--Terry Eagleton, Financial Times
"Short, clear, and highly readable. Baron-Cohen guides you through his complex material as if you were a student attending a course of lectures. He's an excellent teacher; there's no excuse for not understanding anything he says."--The Spectator
"Baron-Cohen's professorial background shines through in the book's tone and in step-by-step, engaging prose urging both academic and lay reader alike to journey with him in scientific inquiry."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The Science of Evil contains a huge amount of useful information for a rather short read...it's an important early step in building a more robust understanding of our species at its most horrific."--Boston Globe
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It's really well written, in a style that makes you feel though Baron-Cohen is talking to you; it feels surprisingly light hearted considering the topic and some of the awful examples!
I would suggest this book to anyone but be warned it isn't for the light hearted and some of the things in this book horrified me and almost brought me to tears.
It was very helpful listening to this audio book as we are not really book readers.
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