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09 May 2011

The science of evil

Dr Baron-Cohen offers a more scientific explanation for why people kill and torture, or have such great difficulty understanding the feelings of others.

Dr Simon Baron-Cohen has been battling with evil all his life.

"We've inherited this word, and we use it to express our abhorrence when people do awful things, usually acts of cruelty, but I don't think it's anything more than another word for doing something bad. And as a scientist, that doesn't seem to me to be much of an explanation. So I've been looking for an alternative - we need a new theory of human cruelty."

 
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