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The Science of Empathy

Monday, October 19, 2009

Frans de Waal, professor of primate behavior at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, says kindness is just as innate as competition, in his new book The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society.

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Comments [5]

cordelia from brooklyn, ny

Ooh, Brian - the question about whether it was an accident industrialism and Darwinism came onto the scene at the same time - wonderful! i feel like you were hinting at something deeper that de Waal wasn't addressing regarding his capitalism/evolutionary explanation of this complex human behavior...

Oct. 19 2009 11:46 AM
Jim

How much does face to face contact promote empathy?

It seems that modern technology allows us to be friendly from a far, but it can make us less dispassionate about things. Look at war, modern technology allows someone to kill another person who is thousands of miles away.

And, it seems that all people do these days is repeat the demonization rhetoric that the media perpetuates towards groups of people.

Oct. 19 2009 11:44 AM
hjs from 11211

Cynthia, it's always that way!

Oct. 19 2009 11:36 AM
Oscar

This guy sounds like a liberal? What is this mass movement stuff? Didn't Hitler and Stalin rely on mass movements for their policies?

Oct. 19 2009 11:34 AM
Cynthia from long island

This is interesting but it has already been done on at least two other shows that have aired on WNYC.

Oct. 19 2009 11:22 AM

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