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Evil

The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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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 find abhorrent. And if evil is only in the eye of the beholder, can it be said to exist at all? In Evil, Shaw uses case studies from academia, examples from and popular culture, and anecdotes from everyday life to break down complex information and concepts like the neuroscience of evil, the psychology of bloodlust, and workplace misbehavior. This is a wide-ranging exploration into a fascinating, darkly compelling subject.

©2019 Julia Shaw. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A very important book

I feel like this is one of those books all people need to read once in their lives. It is one of those books that can help us open our minds more.
A few times, it felt to me like it didn't go as deep as I'd want into certain subjects, but the vast amount of topics explored allows Dr. Shaw to give readers a quite general argumentation while still discussing specifics of each case. This is a good way to promote self-reflection and encourage curiosity both on explored and non-explored topics, which is part of the book's goal. Moreover, it is quite easy to follow through, and the arguments are well explained.

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Relativism

Nothing is actually evil should be the title of the book. I get her point and she draws interesting arguments but by making everything relative she takes away individual responsibility. Also, although there are many philosophers who wrote about the topic Nietzsche is the only one mentioned.

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