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The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
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Feb 28, 12

Read on February 28, 2012

A great book and a (relatively) easy read. I admire Baron-Cohen's determination to avoid easy definitions or categorizations. It is overly simplistic and even harmful to society to label people we don't understand as 'evil' and leave it at that--he argues not that we should rush to forgive those who commit terrible acts, but rather that we should try to understand how humans are capable of atrocities. He makes a compelling case for the role of damaged, underdeveloped, or temporarily lapsed empathic parts of the brain in committing evil acts. A great read for anyone interested in scientific inquiry into human nature.

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