Friday, May 6, 2011

Scientist Says Evil Can Be Eradicated With Empathy...

I have to say, there are a lot of bad theories in the Psycho-sciences, but this one is terrible. A snip:
As a scientist seeking to understand random acts of violence, from street brawls to psychopathic killings to genocide, he has puzzled for decades over what prompts such acts of human cruelty. And he's decided that evil is not good enough.

"I'm not satisfied with the term 'evil'," says the Cambridge University psychology and psychiatry professor, one of the world's top experts in autism and developmental psychopathology.

"We've inherited this word.. and we use it to express our abhorrence when people do awful things, usually acts of cruelty, but I don't think it's anything more than another word for doing something bad. And as a scientist that doesn't seem to me to be much of an explanation. So I've been looking for an alternative -- we need a new theory of human cruelty."

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.
Continue Reading.
What is evil? Where did it come from? Check this out.
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Check this out.

2 comments:

Keith said...

Wonderful. Forget the insanity plea, go with "not guilty by reason of a lack of empathy":

"Your honor, my client has a debilitating condition that prevents him from empathizing with other people. Consequently, he happened to kill two or three of them. It's not that he wished them ill, you see, since it is impossible for him to wish them well, it's equally impossible for him to wish harm upon someone. Prison or severe punishment would have no impact on him; he needs education and treatment. Have mercy on him, for he himself is incapable of it."

pritcher said...

Of course this is all couched in PC, materialist silliness. But at the core, isn't sin "a debilitating condition that prevents [us] from empathizing with other people"? We do need "education and treatment," just from the Divine Teacher and Physician of Souls.