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Susan T. Fiske has some bad news: Prejudice might be hardwired in our brains. But the good news is that we can still learn to override our prejudices and embrace difference.
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Recent research shows that our prejudices are not inevitable; they are actually quite malleable, shaped by an ever-changing mix of cultural beliefs and social circumstances. While we may be hardwired to harbor prejudices against those who seem different or unfamiliar to us, it’s possible to override our worst impulses and reduce these prejudices. Doing so requires more than just good intentions; it requires broad social efforts to challenge stereotypes and get people to work together across group lines. But a vital first step is learning about the biological and psychological roots of prejudice. Old-fashioned racism and sexism were known quantities because people would mostly say what they thought. Blacks were lazy; Jews were sly; women were either dumb or bitchy. Modern equivalents continue, of course—look at current portrayals of Mexican immigrants as criminals (when, in fact, crime rates in Latino neighborhoods are lower than those of other ethnic groups at comparable socioeconomic levels). Most estimates suggest such blatant and wrongheaded bigotry persists among only 10 percent of citizens in modern democracies. Blatant bias does spawn hate crimes, but these are fortunately rare (though not rare enough). At the very least, we can identify the barefaced bigots.

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How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
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More and more children like Rodrigo are crossing the border, many without parents or guardians. During the past nine months, 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been caught trying to cross the border, double what it was during the same period last year.

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How To Save The World With Empathy

How To Save The World With Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
The idea of empathy has sparked a lot of interest in recent years, especially with the discovery that humans are neurologically wired to feel it. It is one thing to be aware of the concept of empathy and quite another to understand the importance of it in bringing about
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U.S. government: Stop arming Israel

U.S. government: Stop arming Israel | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
The Israeli military has used a wide variety of conventional weapons such as guns, bullets, missiles, drones, jet fighters, artillery, tanks, armoured v...
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In Gaza, A Young Woman's Resistance To Hamas And Israel Comes In Music

In Gaza, A Young Woman's Resistance To Hamas And Israel Comes In Music | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Mariam Abuamer is 21, doesn't look like anybody around her, and wants out of Gaza. To cope with war, she has music.

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 Unfortunately many women are victims of furious, arrogant men who used religion to justify their actions. It is such a shame women can not really find God because of the pain the have endured through religious institutions. I hope women like Mariam Abaumer find some peace, because now she has so much to heal. Women are being attacked around the world. These men should be ashamed to use God to cause terror around. 

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Vinson Corbo - My empathy for the suffering in Gaza does... | Facebook

My empathy for the suffering in Gaza does not make me anti-Semitic, nor dies it make me pro-Hamas or anti-Israel. It makes me human (My empathy for the suffering in Gaza does not make me anti-Semitic, nor dies it make me pro-Hamas or anti-Israel....
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John Lennon - Imagine (Pablo Stanley Art) (Full Song With Color) (Lyrics) - YouTube

Comic made by Pablo Stanley: http://www.stanleycolors.com/2013/09/imagine-john-lennon/ http://www.facebook.com/pablostanleyart http://www.stanleycolors.com/ ...
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Spiritual Empathy - Huffington Post (blog)

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Spiritual Empathy
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A spiritual empathy. This is hard work and we all bump into each other's biases and places of ignorance, that of our patients and our chaplain colleagues.
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The children of Gaza - video

The children of Gaza - video | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Jon Snow - returning from Gaza - recounts the scene inside al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks.
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UN: Ending Poverty Starts With Children - The Petition Site

UN: Ending Poverty Starts With Children - The Petition Site | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Tell the UN we can't eradicate poverty without protecting the rights of vulnerable children! (1519 signatures on petition)

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Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Researchers in the fairly new field of music neuroscience are finding that kids who learn to play a musical instrument also develop important skills related to literacy, math and mental focus.

 

Ani Patel, an associate professor of psychology at Tufts University and the author of “Music, Language, and the Brain,” says that while listening to music can be relaxing and contemplative, the idea that simply plugging in your iPod is going to make you more intelligent doesn’t quite hold up to scientific scrutiny.

 

“On the other hand,” Patel says, “there’s now a growing body of work that suggests that actually learning to play a musical instrument does have impacts on other abilities.” These include speech perception, the ability to understand emotions in the voice and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

 

Patel says this is a relatively new field of scientific study.

“The whole field of music neuroscience really began to take off around 2000,” he says. “These studies where we take people, often children, and give them training in music and then measure how their cognition changes and how their brain changes both in terms of its processing [and] its structure, are very few and still just emerging.”

 

Patel says that music neuroscience, which draws on cognitive science, music education and neuroscience, can help answer basic questions about the workings of the human brain.


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I always listen to music when writing. It helps me to create and to stay focused.

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Pain Relief & Healing Guided Meditation "The Cleansing Pool" - YouTube

►Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/thehonestguys?sub_confirmation=1 In a secluded garden, a healing pool awaits you. Step into its cleansing waters, and feel...
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Caring for a baby changes a man's brain, study shows

Caring for a baby changes a man's brain, study shows | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Parenting a small child requires the forethought of a crisis planner, the reflexes of a professional goalkeeper, the energy of a cheerleader and the empathy of a therapist.
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Does Empathy Reduce Prejudice—or Promote It?

Does Empathy Reduce Prejudice—or Promote It? | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how to make sense of conflicting scientific evidence.
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This Empathy Quiz Can Tell You How Compassionate You Are [QUIZ]

This Empathy Quiz Can Tell You How Compassionate You Are [QUIZ] | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Take this EQ test to determine how well you relate to other people's emotions.

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Is Empathy Possible in the Digital Age?

Philosopher Roman Krznaric interviewed about his new book Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution on Chanel 4's SundayBrunch. Recorded 6th July, 2014 www.romankrznaric.com
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Pakistan widows, "second" wives flee fighting but are denied aid

Pakistan widows, "second" wives flee fighting but are denied aid | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

Thousands of women displaced by fighting in Pakistan are struggling to get food and other aid because they lack identity cards and conservative Muslim elders have forbidden them from going to distribution centres.


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U.S. resupplies Israel with munitions as Gaza offensive rages

"They didn't ask for it from there but we gave it to them so we could rotate our stocks," the official said.
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Separately, U.S. lawmakers were working in Congress to provide millions of dollars in additional funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile shield.


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"They didn't ask for it from there but we gave it to them so we could rotate our stocks,"


As long as these criminal minds continue caring only for their profit plenty of innocent people will die. This business needs war to be successful. They are the ones who will always promote violence. 

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Films For Action: Watch And Share Films Made To Inspire Action For A Better World

Films For Action: Watch And Share Films Made To Inspire Action For A Better World | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Discover, watch and share over 3,000 of the best social change videos online, cataloged by subject and sortable by newest, most viewed and top rated. Add and rate content. Host local film screenings. Join us!
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5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

Raising compassionate children is no small feat these days. Because of the egocentrism of children's early years combined with the increasingly prevalent messages of selfishness, narcissism and indifference that popular culture communicates to them, children are not likely to readily learn compassion on their own.

 

This means that you have to make an extra effort to instill this essential value in your children's lives.

 

Your children's ability to care about others must be nurtured by you in their early years and woven into the very fabric of your family's life. The wonderful thing about compassion is that there are so many conduits through which you can communicate its messages that can impact your children. When you immerse your children in a sea of messages of compassion, they are all but assured of getting the messages loud and clear.

 

Live a Compassionate Life...Surround Yourself With Compassionate People...Talk to Your Children About Compassion...Explore Compassion...Engage Your Children in Compassionate Activities...Who Compassionate Children Become..
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Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that parents and teachers may be sending kids the wrong message.
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What if rich countries shut the door on immigration?

What if rich countries shut the door on immigration? | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

A backlash against immigration would wreak havoc on everything from hospitals to the high-tech industry. We are seeing an increasing focus on immigration in response to the severe economic crisis, rising unemployment and falling living standards. As has happened throughout history, there is a tendency to blame immigrants for these problems. Politically, it is an easy option, but it has never worked out too well as a strategy.


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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 24, 2014 4:45 AM

“If you look at the US, more than half of the start-ups in Silicon Valley are founded by migrants, as well as many of the most iconic firms – Apple, Google, Yahoo, PayPal. Migrants account for more than three times as many Nobel laureates and Academy Award film directors as native-born Americans. Developed countries cannot afford to lose them. For example, if rich countries were to admit enough migrants from poor countries to expand their own labour forces by just 3%, the world would be richer, according to one estimate, by $356 billion a year. Toronto is made up of over 50% immigrants and it is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best cities to live in.”

 

Immigration opens up for a vast range of opportunities to fuel economic growth. Any country that doesn't welcome immigrants into its labor market is effectively cutting itself off from progress.