world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species

Empathy is the most important trait for human cohesion and civil politics. So, where does empathy comes from, how does it break down, and how can it be stimulated?
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One of the most important traits all social animals have to make sure they stick together and help each other survive as a species is empathy, and humans are no exception. But how do you measure how empathic someone is and study the origins of something so complex? According to researchers, you start with kids and work your way up to adults. And if you do it right, you can pinpoint causes of, and unlock solutions to, seemingly intractable political and social problems…

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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…

WoWT Podcast: How Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Babies Keep Showing Us That We’re Born With Empathy
Are We Born With A Sense Of Right And Wrong?
Debunking The White Supremacist “Great Replacement” Theory

Related articles and further reading…

Why Human Morality Is A Tricky Calculus…
At The Mountains Of Political Madness
The Toxic Cycle In Which Empathy Dies

Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records

# podcast // empathy / political science / social psychology


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