Interview of Simon Baron-Cohen : Evil: Is it a lack of empathy for fellow human beings?

Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen holds that cognitive factors are to blame for a great deal of destructive behavior.

 

Evil and empathy are two immensely powerful things, needless to say. Throughout human history, empathy has been used as a natural antidote for even the darkest of intentions. If one wishes to understand the nature of evil, then is it best to study evil itself or how people arrive at such a low in the first place?

Simon Baron-Cohen is one of foremost authorities on the psychology of empathy. His new book The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty holds that cognitive factors are to blame for a great deal of destructive behavior.

Joseph F. Cotto: When faced with a tough decision, most people rely on feelings rather than thought. Objectively speaking, this makes little sense. Is there any concrete reason that humans frequently allow themselves to be guided by emotion instead of reason?

 

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