Simon Baron-Cohen

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6.30-8.00pm | Tuesday 3 May 2011
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker
Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge, Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC), Cambridge

Simon Baron-Cohen, expert in autism and developmental psychopathology, discussed recent discoveries on the importance of empathy for understanding human cruelty. His new book Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty presents a new way of understanding what it is that leads individuals to treat others inhumanely, and challenges all of us to consider replacing the idea of evil with the idea of an empathy deficit.