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Short Synopsis
Award-winning psychologist and autism researcher Simon Baron-Cohen develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty that will forever change our understanding of evil.

Full Synopsis
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.

"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

"Baron-Cohen's theory is exhilarating in its implications." ---Kirkus

"Clearly written and succinct, this book will enrich but not overwhelm interested [listeners]. . . . It provides a useful perspective for understanding human pathology, including events like Columbine and the Holocaust." ---Library Journal
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The Science of Evil

On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

Author Simon Baron-Cohen

Narrated by Jonathan Cowley

Publication date Aug 16, 2011

Running time 5 hrs

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