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....
|Title||:||Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side Reviews
This is a fascinating book about what we mean when we describe 'evil'. The author, Dr Shaw, argues that people and actions aren't evil in themselves, but only in how we perceive them, and that dismissing terrible acts as 'evil' is dangerous, as it stops us from trying to understand why they happen, and perhaps prevent them from happening. Dealing with issues as diverse as the holocaust, murder, rape, paedophilia, exploitation and modern slavery, at times this is not an easy read but it will make ...more
I'm not confident at all about sharing my opinions of Julia Shaw's new book, Evil: the Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side. After all, Ms. Shaw is a senior lecturer in psychology and criminology at London South Bank University, and I have expertise in neither field.
But I just can't agree with the conclusions she draws from case studies of serial killers and criminals. I agree with her finding that readers fascinated by evil, and I understand what she means when she says different cultures may d ...more
if it wasn't for some important messages I would only give it 3 stars. I didn't like the narrator and the whole storytelling style is annoying me. Also there was a lot of stuff I read before. Especially in times where people tend to start de-humanizing people again, it is important to understand mechanisms that allow people to be cruel and toxic, so that's why I gave 4 stars.
The book starts off strong with an academic discussion of what makes something "evil" and why humans interpret certain traits or characteristics as good or bad. As someone who believes there is such a thing as objective evil (not just a subjective one), I thought her points were well made and had useful applications in society, for example how we should think about criminals and criminal behavior.
About halfway through the book, specifically the chapter on sexuality, the author veers off into wha ...more
1). This is one of the dumbest books by an apparently smart person I have read in a long time.
2) I probably shouldn't have expected much from a book on ethics that offers a quote from Nietzsche before every chapter.
3) It is amazing how deeply the author is blinded to any other reality by her own social and personal preferences. She knows how the world should be, and we should just shut up and listen.
Her basic premise is true but pretty shallow: We gain little by labeling anyon ...more
**I received this digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
This title caught my attention right away, because I, like many other people, am caught up in the true crime zeitgeist. Also, I'm alive and a part of this mucky world right now, so this kind of exploration seems important.
I don't disagree with her thesis ultimately: that evil is not a useful construct through which to view human behavior. The book also has a couple of very interesting chapters on human sexuality tha ...more
Evil spelled backwards is live.
I gave this book one star in an attempt to get in touch with my evil self. It is not because the book necessarily deserves one star. It is finely written. It presents an interesting concept. Parts of the book are rather fascinating. However, the basic premise of the book and certain portions of it are frankly repugnant. Ms. Shaw posits the idea that it is time to re-think 'evil' as a concept. The idea of labeling (something an old professor of mine termed Rumpelsti ...more
What is evil? What makes certain choices and actions evil? Does evil exist independently? Or does it need an opposite...good...to manifest? Is evil subjective....or universal?
Dr. Julia Shaw takes a close in-depth look at evil in her new book. But this isn't the sort of book that most might expect. It isn't a bloody dissection of evil behavior in detail, or a discussion of pros and cons about punishment or treatment for those who commit serious acts of violence or crime. Dr. Shaw instead looks at ...more