Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side

Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side

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 What is it about evil that we find so compelling? From our obsession with serial killers to violence in pop culture, we s...

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Title:Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side
Author:Julia Shaw
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1419729497
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side Reviews

  • Joseph Spuckler
    Nov 19, 2018
    There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil. Fredrick Nietzsche Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw is a study of evil and an attempt to define evil. Shaw is a German-Canadian psychologist and popular science writer who specializes in false memo...
  • Emily
    Jan 06, 2019
    **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 explorat...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Aug 09, 2018
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Without understanding, we risk dehumanizing others, writing off human beings simply because we don?t comprehend them.' That is a loaded sentence and Evil is a strange beast, one we can?t ever contain because it?s slippery. ...
  • Cathy
    Mar 10, 2019
    2.5 stars Some chapters were more interesting than others and this raises some valid questions, but ultimately I didn't get what I wanted out of this book. The author's writing/narration didn't work for me because she often came across as sounding vaguely condescending and there was...
  • Sumomi (Privater Account)
    Oct 14, 2018
    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 ...
  • Krista
    Mar 18, 2019
    We make evil when we label something so. Evil exists as a word, as a subjective concept. But I firmly believe there is no person, no group, no behaviour, no thing that is objectively evil. Perhaps evil only really exists in our fears. I like books about the brain and human behaviour...
  • Lynn Coulter
    Aug 06, 2018
    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'...
  • Antonio Delgado
    Sep 28, 2018
    This book is an accessible approach to the problem of evil without the academic jargon but with the proper academic and responsible rigor. Offering more than answers, Julia Shaw takes us to question a priori conception(s) of evil. Simply put it, it is easy to use the later of evil than...
  • Erin
    Nov 16, 2018
    Shaw's main question for her readers is this: should we as a society be using the word evil? Is it okay to label someone evil, in turn forever damning them for their bad decisions? Shaw doesn't think we should - that there are many facets of someone 'turning evil' and that we need to d...
  • Bob
    Aug 17, 2018
    As an ethics instructor, I am delighted to have read Julia Shaw's book, Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side. Dr. Shaw does an outstanding job of elucidating the nuances of a rich bio-psycho-social perspective of despicable behavior. Now, I have a wealth of great examples, pro...
  • Hannah
    Mar 16, 2019
    This was pretty interesting, actually made me think a lot about the word ?evil?. Can?t say I completely agree with Shaw, but I enjoyed her arguments. ...
  • Anna Elizabeth
    Jun 09, 2019
    This was a good book and about a topic that I enjoy exploring, but I didn't agree with all of the "facts." It was also easy to tell the author's biases in several sections, such as on homosexuality and rape. However, I did appreciate the way this author delved deep into questions surro...
  • Kristy
    Feb 04, 2019
    **Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side in exchange for an honest review.** Dr. Julia Shaw tackles the interesting subject of evil using thorough research and evidence. Does evil truly exist? Shaw delves into topics such as serial ki...
  • Valerie
    Jan 07, 2019
    **I won an uncorrected proof of this book through a Goodreads.com Giveaway** At last! A book addressing that most elusive of topics-- Evil. Dr. Julia Shaw, criminologist & psychologist, is quite an expert on the subject. In this devourable book, she explores evil in all its inhu...
  • Amirography
    Mar 16, 2019
    To be honest, I'm disappointed. Her book on fake memories was very educational and interesting. And the sentiment and courage behind this book were amazing. But the content in this book was not as detailed and interesting as I hoped. Her citations and arguments did not impress me. I me...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Mar 23, 2019
    A long time ago, I received this book as an ARC. However, it was one of those that would only be sent to my computer. I hate reading on my computer, so I really tried it since this is an interesting topic, but I gave up and just said I wouldn't give feedback. That being said, I fina...
  • Lynn
    Apr 15, 2019
    Three observations: 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 ...
  • Shaela
    Jul 26, 2018
    This book will take your concept of evil and flip it on its head, making gray all the originally black and white things you knew about both evil and yourself. In Evil, author Julia Shaw illustrates the common perceptions of and beliefs around "evil" and then questions them with fres...
  • Latkins
    Nov 06, 2018
    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...
  • Paul
    Apr 25, 2019
    This book is completely banal (that's a joke; see Hannah Arendt on Adolph Eichmann). Actually, this book is fascinating and pretty easy to read for having been written by a Ph.D. in psychology. It deals, of course, with the question of whether essential Evil exists, or whether evil jus...
  • Juli
    Feb 13, 2019
    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 mo...
  • Michele
    Apr 24, 2019
    I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I can't. It is a popular science book but the subtile " The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side" should really be " Why Nothing is Really Evil." Does it have science? Yes it does have some, but that gets lost in the author either talking ab...
  • Catriona
    Oct 23, 2018
    ?When we talk about evil, we tend to turn our attention to Hitler.? This catchy first sentence begins Dr. Julia Shaw?s excellent, up-to-date analysis. She points out that, on the internet, it seems as if ??every comment thread will eventually lead to a Hitler comparison.?...
  • Aaron Schmuhl
    Jan 19, 2019
    So, this is a hard book to review. It's mostly hard because I don't want it to seem like I think it's a bad book, but the alternative is that there really isn't anything to hang your hat on with it. The cover says "The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side," but that really isn't what th...
  • Angela
    Jul 02, 2019
    Summer Reading Challenge 2/27 Stranger than Fiction - ?Read a non-fiction book published this year? Warning: really long rant ahead. I don?t give many books 1* as I can usually find a thing or two about a book that I enjoyed. Ultimately, I found Julia Shaw?s book so frus...
  • Meike
    Oct 27, 2018
    As this is a "popular science" book, I didn't expect to be confronted with rigorous academic postulations and intricate arguments that can only be understood by insiders, but this was way too shallow for my taste (and I am not an expert in any of the fields Shaw discusses). I really wa...
  • Riley Haas
    Jun 19, 2019
    So I listened to the audio book, which I think made a pretty big impression on me. I think I might have enjoyed the book more had I read it instead. This is a wide-ranging examination of the nature of "evil" from the perspective of psychology and, occasionally, philosophy. (Nietzsche ...
  • Davis Parker
    Mar 13, 2019
    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 m...
  • Eric Sala
    Oct 26, 2018
    I came across this book because i am a big fan of psychology and murder. I really enjoyed this book that talked about obsession with serial killers to violence in pop culture. The author, Julia uses case studies from academia, examples from popular culture, and compares to everyday lif...
  • Counsel182
    Mar 11, 2019
    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...