Simon Baron- Cohen
We probe the troubling question of what drives some people to inflict horrific cruelty on their fellow human beings. What can we learn from the human brain? Cambridge Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Simon Baron-Cohen, says the key is the absence or presence of empathy. He also explains why some people are Zero Negative on his Empathy Quotient scale while others are Zero Positive.Simon Baron-Cohen - Penguin Books
What social and economic conditions make crime and cruelty possible? Oxford Criminology professor Frederico Varese, an expert on organized crime groups worldwide, argues that you need very specific economic situations for mafias to spread and that globalization is not always good for mafias.Federico Varese - Princeton Press
Best selling Indian novelist Radhika Jha explains how easy it is to turn sombre fact into highly embellished story and considers why we need to turn momentous events and people into myths in order to cope with their impact.Radhika Jha - Beautiful Books
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SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Oxford Criminology Professor Federico Varese says that that there should be a cap on the number of laws in each country. He suggests that if you have too many laws you get more corruption: India and Italy have tens of thousands of laws but Germany or France only a fraction of that.
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