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Apr 25, 2019

In the fourth of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at empathy's shortcomings, what we really utilize in creating a moral code and the possibility that morality evolved through natural selection.

Links:
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
• Ordinary Grace by Kathleen Brehony
Practical Wisdom by Barry Schwartz
• The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer
Chicago crime statistics
Sandy Hook shooting
• Wisdom of crowds
• Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
JoshShear.com: From empathy to compassion and kindness

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Apr 18, 2019

In the third of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what free will and how religions and governments remove our empathy by creating an us-versus-them environment

Links:
The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer
The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
How to be more interesting
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Episode 9 of the podcast
JoshShear.com: Empathy, religion, politics and free will

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Apr 4, 2019

In the first of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what empathy is, how it appears in the brain, and what happens when it's missing.

Links:
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
Empathy: Why It Matters and How To Get It by Roman Krznaric
• The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
As the brain spins
Mirroring People by Marco Iacoboni
Phineas Gage
The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon
Simon Baron-Cohen's Empathy Quotient exam
JoshShear.com: Introduction to empathy

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