About this book
Paperback edition of Baron-Cohen's book which examines why some people behave in an evil way, whereas others are self-sacrificing. He looks at empathy, cruelty and understanding, and asks whether our capacity to empathise with others can be affected by genes or environment. 'A full-scale assault on what we think it is to be human' "Sunday Telegraph"
Is it possible that - rather than thinking in terms of 'good' and 'evil' - all of us instead lie somewhere on the empathy spectrum, and our position on that spectrum can be affected by both genes and our environments? Why do some people treat others as objects? This book examines an understanding in a study of what it means to be human.