The Science of Evil

I am about half way through Simon Baron-Cohen’s “The Science of Evil” or “Zero Degrees of Empathy” in the UK, and it is really very good; he manages to explain pretty complex neuroscience terminology in a very palatable way.

I am now convinced that understanding empathy is the only way we can really understand the spectrum of human behavior, from the evil to the insanely benevolent. Baron-Cohen talks about the three types of zero-negative personality types (those that have no/limited capacity for empathy), those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, psychopaths and narcissists.

There are at least ten centers in the brain that appear to be involved in moral decision-making and moral awareness. I’m really interested to see where these studies go.

I highly recommend this book!

2 thoughts on “The Science of Evil

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