We are very pleased to announce that Dr Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the university of Cambridge, is to join the DLCC as an honorary fellow. Professor Baron-Cohen, who is the present director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge, is considered to be Europe’s foremost researcher into autism-spectrum conditions. He is the author of Mindblindness (1995), The Essential Difference (2003) Prenatal Testosterone in Mind (2005), and over 400 scientific articles. In his most recent book, Zero Degrees of Empathy (2011), which received wide praise in both the popular and academic press, Professor Baron-Cohen draws on years of research to argue that radical evil can be best understood as a failure in empathic awareness. As the creator of the films Mind Reading and The Transporters, devised to help children with autism learn emotional recognition, Professor Baron-Cohen has been nominated for two BAFTA awards. One of the primary aims of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion is to establish what contemporary science can tell us about compassion; it is therefore especially pleasing to be able to welcome Professor Baron-Cohen to the team.