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Evil

The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side
Auteur(s): Julia Shaw
Narrateur(s): Julia Shaw
Durée: 7 h et 21 min
4 out of 5 stars (13 évaluations)
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An original and scientifically rigorous exploration of the darkest recesses of the human mind.

What is it about evil that we find so compelling? From our obsession with serial killers to violence in pop culture, we seem inescapably drawn to the stories of monstrous acts and the aberrant people who commit them. But evil, Dr. Julia Shaw argues, is all relative, rooted in our unique cultures. What one may consider normal, like sex before marriage, eating meat, or being a banker, others may find abhorrent. And if evil is only in the eye of the beholder, can it be said to exist at all? 

In Evil, Dr. Shaw uses case studies from academia, examples from popular culture, and anecdotes from everyday life to break down complex information and concepts, such as the neuroscience of evil, the psychology of bloodlust, and workplace misbehavior. In grappling with thorny dilemmas - from "Would I kill baby Hitler?" to "Why do I want to murder my spouse?" - Dr. Shaw offers listeners a better understanding of the world, ourselves, and our Google search histories.

©2019 Doubleday Canada (P)2019 Julia Shaw

Ce que les critiques disent

"Curious readers will be riveted by Shaw's deliberate, rational discussions of such taboos as cyberbullying, homicide, pedophilia, and the ways money and power corrupt the souls of formerly good men and women.... A consistently fascinating journey into the darker sides of the human condition that will push on the boundaries of readers' comfort zones." (Kirkus Reviews)
 

"Julia Shaw has crafted a brilliant panorama that elucidates humanity's dark side in her masterpiece, Evil. This science-based foundation for studying the minds of sadists, mass murderers, freaks and creeps, as well the new role of tech in promoting evil is presented in a totally engaging fashion." (Philip Zimbardo, author of The Lucifer Effect)

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Propaganda

This book seemed to be very one sided. She sympathizes with the worst of the worst people, rapist child molesters and murders, but calls Men in the patriarchy the problem, painting all men as the problem. This book is very perverse on all levels. Waste of money and time. She needs to leave her liberal bubble and realize by calling men and the patriarchy the problem she alienates the majority of Good men in the world. I under stand this isnt a PG rated book, but my goodness she is a sad and perverted woman.

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Simple but....

Great intro into the topic for people who have never thought about it before. For someone with even limited experience in the subject it might be a bit too simple. Sometimes the distance between academic writing and science journalism is a bit jarring, and in this case it's due to the very personal, human injections by the author. I would like to read her academic work.