Posts Tagged ‘empathy’

Why don’t schools teach morality and empathy? Comments 0

Friday, July 29th, 2016

A few months ago, I presented the following scenario to my junior English students: Your boyfriend or girlfriend has committed a felony, during which other people were badly harmed. Should you or should you not turn him or her into the police? The class immediately erupted with commentary. It was obvious, they said, that loyalty Read more

Here’s how social media builds empathy Comments 0

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

I saw it all in my newsfeed this week: a former roommate gave birth (to twins!), a friend raised money to rebuild his home after a fire, a grad school professor started chemotherapy for lymphoma and his digital support group, “#downwithlumpy,” went viral. I liked, donated, tweeted, commented and prayed over those updates. I witnessed Read more

The empathy revolution Comments 0

Friday, February 14th, 2014

There’s sound reason why one of Britain’s leading ‘cultural thinkers’ would tackle such a weighty topic. As Krznaric writes, empathy (the ‘Golden Rule’) has its foundation in major spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism and Christianity. Empathy, he adds, lies ‘at the very core of human existence’. Most of us like to see ourselves as Read more

Early signs of autism Comments 1

Friday, May 31st, 2013

When a newborn joins a family we become beguiled by the perfection of this wondrous new being. Any hint of difference is easily overlooked during the early years. We now understand that the onset of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders is variable during the first two years of life. Signs are evident in some children from birth, Read more

Atheists lack empathy and understanding Comments 0

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

This is actually a study from the middle of last year that I never got round to covering (there was a run of studies from the same team, and this one ended up at the bottom of the pile!). But I’m glad I did. The study leads were Ara Norenzayan and Will Gervais at the Read more