Men, Empathy, and Autism

A British researcher offers a new theory about the developmental disorder that has skyrocketed among children

On a first meeting in his office here at the University of Cambridge, Simon Baron-Cohen comes off as a poster boy for the empathetic scholar. He pulls a chair close, looks directly into his visitor's eyes with a steady gaze, and pays close attention to the ensuing conversation, not only to the actual words spoken but also to the body language that can reveal so much. His own