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Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness

Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness (Paperback)

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We have always struggled to explain why some people behave in the most evil way imaginable, while others are completely self-sacrificing. Is it possible that - rather than thinking in terms of 'good' and 'evil' - all of us instead lie somewhere on the empathy spectrum, and our position on that spectrum can be affected by both genes and our environments? Why do some people treat others as objects? Why is empathy our most precious resource? And does a lack of it always mean a negative outcome? From the Nazi concentration camps of World War Two to the playgrounds of today, Simon Baron-Cohen examines empathy, cruelty and understanding in this fascinating and challenging new look at what exactly makes our behaviour uniquely human.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9780141017969  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor at Cambridge University in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. He is also the Director of the Autism Research Centre there. He has carried out research into social neuroscience over a 20 year career. His popular science book entitled The Essential Difference (Penguin 2003) has been translated in over a dozen languages, and has been widely reviewed.

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