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 Evil is Just a Lack of Empathy

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Baron-Cohen, who is also director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge, has just written a book in which he calls for a kind of rebranding of evil to offer a more scientific explanation for why people kill and torture, or have such great difficulty understanding the feelings of others.

His proposal is that evil be understood as a lack of empathy -- a condition he argues can be measured and monitored and is susceptible to education and treatment.

http://af.reuters.com/article/southAfricaNews/idAFLDE7430U720110505?sp=true

Could there be mandatory "re-training" for those that insist that Jesus is the only way to God? Will that be seen as a lack of "empathy"? Maybe a new drug for those "lacking" in empathy?

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Psychopaths, narcissists, and people with borderline personality disorder sit at the bottom end of the scale -- these people have "zero degrees of empathy".

But rather than labelling them as evil, Baron-Cohen says they should be seen as sick, or "disabled", and we should seek to understand why they have such an empathy deficiency and help them replace it.

Baron-Cohen shies away from saying that psychopaths can be "cured" of extreme behaviour, but he argues strongly against locking them up and saying there is nothing society can do.

"I try to keep an open mind. I would never want to say a person is beyond help," he explains. "Empathy is a skill like any other human skill -- and if you get a chance to practise, you can get better at it." (Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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Probably a new version of the Bible will track this sociological development and "evil" will be replaced with "lack of empathy".


Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, a lack of empathy is present with me.


 2011/5/5 10:50
ginnyrose
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 Re: Evil is Just a Lack of Empathy

So, autism is simply a lack of empathy? I am trying to recall an incident.... remember when that bridge in MN broke a few years ago and how a teen-aged boy took the initiative to rescue some - was it children? Anyhow, the news media informed the world that he is autistic and he was heralded by the public as a hero!

Just my two cents...


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Sandra Miller

 2011/5/5 11:08Profile









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Doesn't make sense, Ginny.

Man will always being trying to shift the blame for his own sin and guilt. We just happen to live in an age when genes are getting all the blame and pharmaceuticals are the solution.

I'm sure they will find the "evil" gene, soon.


A777

 2011/5/5 11:20
White_Stone
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Those who would explain away EVIL as simply as this have never met EVIL.

Since they have never 'practiced FAITH' they do not know how to believe in ANYTHING, even EVIL.

Come Lord Jesus,
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Janice

 2011/5/5 12:10Profile
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The scientist's very conclusion is EVIL.

 2011/5/5 12:18Profile
ginnyrose
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Sounds to me like some people have too much time on their hands....actually, society might be better served if they would be given a shovel and told to dig some ditches. Then tell them the next day to go fill them back up again! Wonder if that would make them mad? and if so, how would they explain that emotion?

SIGH.


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Sandra Miller

 2011/5/5 23:11Profile
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 Re: Evil is Just a Lack of Empathy

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director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge



That guy seems to have no clue, I am not sure how he got in that position to start off with.


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 2011/5/6 4:14Profile
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Another blah, blah, blah book.


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 2011/5/6 7:37Profile





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