"Why is empathizing across groups so much more difficult?"
March 21, 2015 4:10 PM   Subscribe

The Brain’s Empathy Gap: [New York Times]
Can mapping neural pathways help us make friends with our enemies?
posted by Fizz (4 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Fuck no, people who like yogurt for breakfast aren't human!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:37 PM on March 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


Scientists are finding the technology reasonably effective at detecting proxies for broad levels of neural activity, within its limitations.
posted by Segundus at 1:05 AM on March 22, 2015 [5 favorites]

Just because I know about the monkeysphere doesn't mean I automatically give a shit about that other.
posted by Abon Sapi at 2:57 AM on March 22, 2015

I've read that the foundation of empathy is self-awareness, and it makes sense. We are most likely to exercise compassionate assessment of ourselves, then extend it to others. What leads a person to develop self-awareness? Maybe just an introspective temperament, plus intelligence, permission from the surrounding culture, some external suffering.
posted by mmiddle at 6:37 PM on March 22, 2015

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