Simon Baron-Cohen


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in London, The United Kingdom
August 15, 1958

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Simon Baron-Cohen FBA is Professor of Developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is the Director of the University's Autism Research Centre, and a Fellow of Trinity College. He has worked on autism, including the theory that autism involves degrees of mind-blindness (or delays in the development of theory of mind) and his later theory that autism is an extreme form of what he calls the "male brain", which involved a re-conceptualisation of typical psychological sex differences in terms of empathising-systemising theory.

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The Science of Evil: On Emp...

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The Essential Difference: M...

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Mindblindness: An Essay on ...

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Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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Autism: The Facts

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Asperger Syndrome: A Differ...

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Synaesthesia: Classic and C...

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Mind Reading Emotions Libra...

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“Parents who discipline their child by discussing the consequences of their actions produce children who have better moral development , compared to children whose parents use authoritarian methods and punishment.”
Simon Baron-Cohen, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty

“empathy is like a universal solvent. Any problem immersed in empathy becomes soluble.”
simon baron-cohen, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty

“I remember sitting in the Beth Shalom synagogue in Cambridge on the night of Kol Nidre. Peter Lipton, a friend and an atheist philosopher, was giving a sermon on the theme of “atonement:” “If we treat another person as essentially bad, we dehumanize him or her. If we take the view that every human being has some good in them, even if it is only 0.1 percent of their makeup, then by focusing on their good part, we humanize them. By acknowledging and attending to and rewarding their good part, we allow it to grow, like a small flower in a desert.”
Simon Baron-Cohen, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty



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