The Science of Evil – Simon Baron-Cohen

Steve talks to Professor Simon Baron-Cohen about modularity and the role that his research has played in evolutionary psychologist’s understanding of the modular concept. They discuss that modules may be hierarchical and may not be as localized to neural substrates as some evo. psychologist have come to believe.


He describes the nature of empathy as it related to autism and the hypothesis of autism as an “extreme male brain”, which leads to a discussion of what an “extreme female brain” would look like.


Finally, in closing they discuss Baron-Cohen’s recent interest in the topic of evil. He describes that evil, or cruelty might be a particular type of empathic deficit. Look for a part two in the near future.