The Resource Zero degrees of empathy : a new theory of human cruelty, Simon Baron-Cohen

Zero degrees of empathy : a new theory of human cruelty, Simon Baron-Cohen

Label
Zero degrees of empathy : a new theory of human cruelty
Title
Zero degrees of empathy
Title remainder
a new theory of human cruelty
Statement of responsibility
Simon Baron-Cohen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Simon Baron-Cohen, expert in autism and developmental psychopathology, has always wanted to isolate and understand the factors that cause people to treat others as if they were mere objects. In this book he proposes a radical shift, turning the focus away from evil and on to the central factor, empathy. Unlike the concept of evil, he argues, empathy has real explanatory power. Putting empathy under the microscope he explores four new ideas: firstly, that we all lie somewhere on an empathy spectrum, from high to low, from six degrees to zero degrees. Secondly, that deep within the brain lies the 'empathy circuit'. How this circuit functions determines where we lie on the empathy spectrum. Thirdly, that empathy is not only something we learn but that there are also genes associated with empathy. And fourthly, while a lack of empathy leads to mostly negative results, is it always negative? Full of original research, Zero Degrees of Empathy presents a new way of understanding what it is that leads individuals down negative paths, and challenges all of us to consider replacing the idea of evil with the idea of empathy-erosion
Cataloging source
NJB
Dewey number
152.4/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Zero degrees of empathy : a new theory of human cruelty, Simon Baron-Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Explaining "evil" and cruelty -- The empathy mechanism: the bell curve -- When zero degrees is negative -- When zero degrees is positive -- The empathy gene -- Reflections on human cruelty
Control code
000047037251
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 190 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780713997910
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
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.b25198014
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • kt25198014
  • (OCoLC)727107944

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