Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Empathy at The New York Times

I'm crossing Sweden as usual in the Bus4You doubledecker and discover that the New York Times has yet another column on empathy, this time by Thomas Friedman. I filed a comment that contains a line referring to  an assertion by psychology professor and author Paul Bloom (see Room for Debate 12/29 and review of Bloom's new book on empathy.

The assertion by Bloom: We can only/find it easiest to empathise with people who look like us. He says that is what the research shows.

Not at all true for me, how about you?

4 comments:

  1. Not true for me but apparently with the age of Trump upon us that is the current flow.

    Someday they will wake up.

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    1. Nice to read, greylady. Oddly I recently heard on BBC World Radio a program about a study of how chimpanzee males (or females ?) choose which one of several choices to mate with. The researchers found that somehow or other the one chosen is the one most unlike the chooser, all in the interests of genetic diversity!

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