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Summary

At what point does prejudice become hate crime?

Hate crimes are spiralling to an all-time high on both sides of the Atlantic, with minorities experiencing the largest increase in hostility towards their race, nationality, sexuality and religion since records began. Whilst recent political turmoil could be a contributing factor to this spike, professor Matthew Williams shows that there is nothing temporary about the hate that has been stirred up. 

Drawing on 20 years of experience as a criminologist studying and interviewing the victims and perpetrators of hate - combining neuroscience, psychology, sociology, computer science and economics - The Science of Hate examines the elusive 'tipping point' at the intersection of prejudice and hate, traversing the globe and reaching back through history, from our tribal ancestors in pre-history to artificial intelligence in the 21st century.

©2021 Matthew Williams (P)2021 Faber Audio

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Full of hatred 😀😀

It’s an excellent effort to help an ordinary reader understand the psychological, emotional,
behavioural and social reasons that lead to development of hatred and then subsequent violence. The author has gone to significant length to explore the topic using multiple lenses and utilising various angles to look at the subject. There are some very honest personal declarations and submissions form him too. Where required scientific evidence has been quoted with its critical appraisal i.e. what is the limitation of that evidence. The author summarises at the end that more similar kind of work is required in future that needs to be done by various members of society belonging to different cultural and professional backgrounds that we help us understand this topic more over time.

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Much needed insights in our current climate

A rigorous scientific approach to understanding the mechanisms of hate combined with engaging case stories.
A must read for everyone who wants to acknowledge and better understand the human condition and traps that can lead to hate.

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Excellent listen!

Engaging & informative.
Breaks down this complex subject in a comprehensive manner & suggests practical advice on combating hate. An important book. Should be compulsory reading in all schools.

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A Great if Disturbing View of Human Nature

Matthew Williams pulls information from biological and social science to explore why we hate and how easily events can trigger it. He looks not just at the horrific treatment of our fellow humans triggered by prejudice and hatred, but at the root causes of those feelings and what triggers them. The reader also did an excellent job, with a voice ideal for this book.