Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

How important is our brain’s empathy circuit and what happens to society when it doesn’t work properly? We’ll find out this hour with University of Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. His new book is “The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty” (Basic Books, 2011).

Listen to the interview on THINK.

Tags: NPR, Simon Baron-Cohen, THINK, autism, bad, books, empathy, ethics, evil, good, More…morality, psychopaths, science

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Thanks Dallas - will listen - very interesting topic. That Think website is awesome.
That's interesting, I stumbled across that book just yesterday and bookmarked it.  Only I don't remember how I found it.

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