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Cruelty : human evil and the human brain

Author: Kathleen E Taylor
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Cruelty, neuroscientist Kathleen Taylor explores the factors behind violence, sexual abuse, genocide, and other atrocities. Drawing on history, politics, philosophy, psychology, and especially neuroscience, she sets cruelty in the context of human evolution and our current understanding of brain function. She begins with an example from Lithuania in World War II, in which a young man beat a group of prisoners to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen E Taylor
ISBN: 9780199552627 0199552622
OCLC Number: 269433649
Description: xi, 337 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : cruelty in context --
What is cruelty? --
Quis judicat? : who decides? --
Why does cruelty exist? --
How do we come to act? --
How do we come to feel? --
How do we come to believe? --
Why are we callous? --
Why does sadism exist? --
Can we stop being cruel?
Responsibility: Kathleen Taylor.
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