Tagged: empathy

Opinion: Let’s celebrate the Humanities more - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 06, 2018

Recently, there has been a great deal of hullabaloo on my Facebook timeline as people squabble over whether so-called ”hard” subjects like calculus and physics are inherently better and more difficult than the alternative, ”soft” subjects like English, drama and photography. Filip Vachuda, Onehunga High School’s academic runner-up for 2017, began ”DuxGate” when he wrote he missed out on dux … Read More

How we decide who and what we care about – and whether robots stand a chance - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 23, 2018

Dan Crimston, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When psychologists talk about a “moral circle” they are referring to how far we extend our moral consideration towards others. That is, whether we care about the well-being of others, and act accordingly. For most of us, the … Read More

Revenge – sweet from the age of six - News

Jean Balchin Dec 20, 2017

Both chimpanzees and  six-year-old children love seeing punishment doled out, even if it costs them, according to a paper published online this week in Nature Human Behaviour. These findings reveal new insights about the evolution of peer-punishment as a means to enforce social norms and ensure cooperation. We know from previous research that humans and some animal species experience … Read More

Offering sympathies for disabilities - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 12, 2017

Short version: don’t. Be a wee bit careful about empathy, too. Why to not offer sympathies for disabilities is worth knowing. It’ll help you be kind to others in many situations, and to write or talk about disabilities and difficulties better. There’s a connection with science and science communication, too. A mantra about kindness that circulates in science communication and … Read More

The Empathic Civilization - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jan 08, 2011

One of the things I look forward to over the Christmas/New Years break is to find a good book to read during my academic “downtime”. This time around I selected the Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin and what a good choice that was. Exceedingly well written and informative, this book is not a light read. Its insights and occasionally provocative … Read More

Ravens and Empathy: The Role of Bystanders After Conflict - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 23, 2010

At the same time as we were learning that Vegetarians and Vegans might be more empathic than Omnivores we were also discovering the nature of empathy in Ravens. Published in PLoS One recently was a paper called “Do Ravens Show Consolation? Responses to Distressed Others” looking at the behaviour of Ravens and the implications for [...] … Read More

Are Vegans and Vegetarians More Empathic Than Omnivores? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 18, 2010

Humans are naturally omnivorous, our digestive system is adapted to cope with both animal and vegetable matter. Obviously we can’t eat everything, we wouldn’t get as much sustenance out of a mouthful of grass as a cow does. Termites can deal with the high cellulose content of wood and derive energy from that source while [...] … Read More