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Author Baron-Cohen, Simon.

Title The science of evil : on empathy and the origins of cruelty / Simon Baron-Cohen
Published New York : Basic Books, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 240 pages) : illustrations
Contents Explaining "evil" and human cruelty -- The empathy mechanism : the bell curve -- When zero degrees of empathy is negative -- When zero degrees of empathy is positive -- The empathy gene -- Reflections on human cruelty -- Appendixes: 1. The empathy quotient (EQ) -- Appendix: 2. How to spot zero degrees of empathy (negative)
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Cruelty.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0465023800 (electronic bk.)
9780465023806 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)