‘The Science of Evil’ by Simon Baron-Cohen – NY Times

“How can humans treat other people as objects? How do humans come to switch off their natural feelings of sympathy for another human being who is suffering?

As a scientist I want to understand what causes people to treat others as if they were mere objects. In this book I explore how people can treat each other cruelly not with reference to the concept of evil, but with reference to the concept of empathy. Unlike the concept of evil, empathy has explanatory power. In the coming chapters I put empathy under the microscope.

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Simon Baron-Cohen: Empathy Expert Page: http://bit.ly/jlHrf7