Reviews

  • Bringing cruelty triumphantly into the realm of science, this pioneering journey into human nature at last delivers us from 'evil'.

    Dr. Helena Cronin, Co-Director, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE
  • A compelling and provocative account of empathy as our most precious social resource. Lack of empathy lurks in the darkest corners of human history and Simon Baron Cohen does not shrink from looking at them under the fierce light of science.

    Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, UCL
  • Simon Baron-Cohen combines his creative talent with evidence and reason to make the case that evil is essentially a failure of empathy. It is an understanding that can enlighten an old debate and hold out the promise of new remedies.

    Matt Ridley, author of, The Illusionist
  • A book that gets to the heart of man's inhumanity to man... Baron-Cohen has made a major contribution to our understanding of autism

    Dorothy Rowe, Guardian
  • Fascinating... bold

    Ian Critchley, Sunday Times
  • Ground-breaking and important...This humane and immensely sympathetic book calls us to the task of reinterpreting aberrant human behaviour so that we might find ways of changing it for the better...The effect...is not to diminish the concept of human evil, but to demystify it

    Richard Holloway, Literary Review
  • Fascinating and disturbing

    Alasdair Palmer, Sunday Telegraph
  • Isn't it lucky...that the very people who can't put themselves into other people's shoes, have a champion [in Simon Baron-Cohen] who, by dint of his curiosity, has turned it into an art form?

    Lee Randall, Scotsman
  • Attractively humane...fascinating information about the relation between degrees of empathy and the state of our brains.

    Terry Eagleton, Financial Times
  • Easy to read and packed with anecdotes. The author conveys brain research with verve.

    Kathleen Taylor, Science Focus

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