The Resource Cruelty : human evil and the human brain, Kathleen Taylor

Cruelty : human evil and the human brain, Kathleen Taylor

Label
Cruelty : human evil and the human brain
Title
Cruelty
Title remainder
human evil and the human brain
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Taylor
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Cruelty is an uncomfortable subject. Reading of the horrors of the Nazi death camps and the genocides of Rwanda, seeing news reports of young children being beaten and starved to death, we are repelled and horrified. The people doing these acts must surely be evil monsters, utterly different from ourselves." "But is it really so simple? In this lucid and thought-provoking analysis, Kathleen Taylor points out that cruelty is as much part of our human makeup as love and kindness. Everyone of us is capable of being cruel, to varying extents, in certain circumstances. Taylor explores the nature of callous and sadistic cruelty, showing how they are driven by emotions and beliefs, often under conditions of stress and time pressure."
  • "Our responses to the world come from our brain - in Taylor's words. 'the soggy, fatty mass from which cruelty is born'. Can neuroscience shed any light on the phenomenon of cruelty? Yes it can, says Taylor, and we should draw on our growing understanding of the nature of emotion and beliefs, and of how patterns of behaviour are formed and reinforced, in any analysis of cruelty. For cruelty is not incomprehensible, though that too is an uncomfortable thought. It is accessible to analysis. And it is only by understanding this most disturbing aspect of the human psyche that we can attempt to reduce it and avoid the circumstances in which it tends to arise."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
179
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1535.C7
LC item number
T38 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Cruelty : human evil and the human brain, Kathleen Taylor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Introduction -- Cruelty in context -- What is cruelty? -- Quis judicat? : who decides? -- Why does cruelty exist? -- How do we come to act? -- How do we come to feel? -- How do we come to believe? -- Why are we callous? -- Why does sadism exist? -- Can we stop being cruel?
Control code
000043742652
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 337 p.
Isbn
9780199552627
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008055142
Other physical details
ill.
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.b23690148
System control number
  • lt23690148
  • (OCoLC)269433649

Library Locations

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