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Nov. 8: Empathy--I feel you, sister.

Hi, folks. I'm excited to discuss the neuroscience of empathy with you, and to explore the ways in which neurobiological understanding of empathy may inform its deployment in social institutions; along with discussion about the root value of deliberately increasing our net "Empathy Quotient" as a society--what is gained; what is lost?

Here are some readings I'd recommend to form a platform for tomorrow night's conversation. I'm listing them in order of what I think are the most important for creating a common set of concepts for meaningful discussion:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/opinion/brooks-the-heart-grows-smarter.htmlhttp://loverev.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/the-scanner-on-the-mount-a-neural-challenge-to-love-thy-enemy/http://www.rootsofempathy.org/http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/is-the-world-just/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g