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Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side | Julia Shaw
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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.
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Where do you fall on the spectrum? I'm a mix of Chaotic Good and Lawful Evil 😁

TobeyTheScavengerMonk My dad is chaotic neutral and it drives me insane. 3mo
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Are people born evil or is evil thrust upon them? Is it brain anomalies, nature, nurture, chemical imbalances that affect a convicted murderer or serial killer? Author Julia Shaw explores all this in the psychology and history of evil and deviance. Careful, some of it might be too close to home. Now excuse me while I wear my eyepatch, stroke my cat and plot global domination. Muhahaha!

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I do love psychology, especially forensic psychology, and popular science books so I needed to buy this one 🤔. Shaw challenges popular concepts of “evil”, especially the belief that some people and some actions are pure evil. She shows how many of us do things others would probably call evil, why we might do or think “evil” things and what makes these things evil to us. Very interesting topic and arguments!

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Evil: The Science Behind Humanity‘s Dark Side was informative and entertaining. This is my first book by Dr. Julia Shaw and her writing pulls me in. There is a great mix of science (a lot of science), pop culture, and personal stories that makes this book one of my favorites of the year. At some points it is funny but she definitely knows when to reign it in when talking about sensitive subjects.

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