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Zero Degrees of Empathy: Exploring human cruelty and kindness

How can we explain cruelty? Dr Simon Baron-Cohen addresses this question and themes from his recent book "Zero Degrees of Empathy."

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Development Psychopathology at Cambridge University and Vice-President of the National Autistic Society (UK).

He is best known for his work on autism, including his development theory of mind and studies of autism's link to psychological sex differences and the extreme male brain in terms of empathizing–systemizing theory.

Simon Baron-Cohen's publications include "Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind," "The Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain," and many journal articles. In 2012, he presented a TEDx talk entitled "The erosion of empathy" about the causes of cruelty.

Baron-Cohen's talk at King Alfred School will explore the concepts of human cruelty and kindness, as well as other themes from his 2012 book "Zero Degrees of Empathy."

King Alfred Academic Lectures are open to the public. Please join us at 3:10-4:00, Tuesday 8 April in our Phoenix Theatre to hear this talk.


Dr Simon Baron-Cohen | talks


Date and Time:

8 April 2014 at 3:00 pm


1 hour



King Alfred School
North End Road
NW11 7HY

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