The Science of Evil and Variations in Empathy | Psychology Today

Simon Baron-Cohen’s new book describes empathy and evil. Evil comes from empathy erosion and “turning people into objects.” He gives graphic examples of this kind of evil throughout the book, from sadistic cruelty by soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the criminal in a supermarket line who robs a woman’s ring, taking her finger with him.

What I liked about the book was the descriptions of different levels of empathy.

Level 0 represents a person with no empathy at all