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Empathy Conference October 16–17, 2015 Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience - Flint, Michigan

Empathy Conference October 16–17, 2015 Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience - Flint, Michigan | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it

The theme should be interpreted broadly. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

What is empathy? It is a cognitive process? an emotion? an attitude?Is empathy a natural condition/capacity or a social condition/capacity?Is it possible to verify that a person is empathetic or is feeling empathy?Do mirror neurons provide insight into how empathy is experienced or the role it plays in our treatment of and attitudes about others? How useful is studying mirror neurons for understanding empathy?Is there a clear difference between affective and cognitive empathy?What exactly is Theory of Mind? What exactly do Sally-Anne test results show? Is having a compromised Theory of Mind (if that is possible) relevant to one’s ability to be empathetic?At what age do people develop the capacity to be empathetic? In what way, if at all, does developing empathy facilitate other cognitive and emotional processes or abilities?Can we teach people to be more empathetic? If so, how?What social conditions foster or damage empathy?Does society have an obligation to ensure conditions are met so that people can most successfully develop a capacity to be empathetic? If so, what would that mean?What are the consequences of lacking empathy?What is the connection between being moral or ethical and having empathy? Is empathy a necessary condition, sufficient condition, or only incidentally relevant to morality/ethics? Can empathy impede or prevent a person from acting morally or ethically?Can empathy cause immoral or unethical behavior? If so, how or when?If non-humans are capable of experiencing empathy, does that imply that non-humans are capable of morality? Why or why not?Are humans the only beings capable of empathy? What evidence is relevant to that claim?If humans are incapable of feeling empathy, does that mean they are incapable of being morally good or ethical?


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Many great questions to ponder on the topic of empathy. 

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Fish Unaware Of Water: What America Can Learn From Iceland About Creativity - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Fish Unaware Of Water: What America Can Learn From Iceland About Creativity - The Reykjavik Grapevine | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Psychologist, teacher of counselling psychology and endowed chair at the University of Kansas Barbara Kerr specialises in the psycholog
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The Slow Fuse of the Possible

The Slow Fuse of the Possible | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
by Maxine Greene I think most of you know about my ongoing obsessions and about how difficult it is for me to stop obsessing. Many of you also know that for a long time, in addition to what we call…
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It Didn't Start With You: The Mystery of Inherited Trauma

It Didn't Start With You: The Mystery of Inherited Trauma | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
How do we inherit family traumas? What tools can we use to work with painful experiences that did not begin with us? Family Constellations pioneer Mark Wolynn explains.
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Yoga May Be Good for the Brain

Yoga May Be Good for the Brain | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
A weekly routine of yoga and meditation may help to stave off aging-related mental decline, according to a study of older adults with memory problems.
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Book Review | Bellevue Literary Review | New York, NY

Book Review | Bellevue Literary Review | New York, NY | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
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I haven't read this book yet, but the review is enticing.
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Artists Around The World Respond To Devastating Attack On Nice

Artists Around The World Respond To Devastating Attack On Nice | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
When words fail, art gives us space to grieve.
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Francine Prose: How I Found Life-Altering Art in Alsace

Francine Prose: How I Found Life-Altering Art in Alsace | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
But what I found thrilling — and yes, life-changing — is the evidence that, at some point in our history, a society thought that this was what art could do: that art might possibly accomplish something like a small miracle of comfort and consolation. It seemed enormously inspiring for anyone who makes, or who cares about, art.

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The Transcendent Artistry of a Legendary Dancer, Four Decades In

The Transcendent Artistry of a Legendary Dancer, Four Decades In | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
At 64, the choreographer, director, dancer and writer Bill T. Jones is making some of the most personal work of his career.
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Still making dance, still creatively growing.
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Healing Through Storytelling

Healing Through Storytelling | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Listening to personal narratives helped control high blood pressure as effectively as the addition of more medications.
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Writing As A Meditation Practice

Writing As A Meditation Practice | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
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Reflective practice at its best!
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Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice

Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
I can’t promise this will prolong your life. But it will improve it.
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A brand new ‘atlas’ shows where different ideas live in our brains

A brand new ‘atlas’ shows where different ideas live in our brains | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Researchers say they've made a globe to guide neuroscientists' exploration of the human brain.
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Frogs and feelings feature on School Library Association's non-fiction prize shortlist

Frogs and feelings feature on School Library Association's non-fiction prize shortlist | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
From frogs and feelings to astronauts and Shakespeare, the School Library Association Award celebrates some of the best non–fiction for children.
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On anniversary of church shooting, South Carolina poets offer healing through verse - NewsHour Poetry Series - Poetry Foundation

On anniversary of church shooting, South Carolina poets offer healing through verse - NewsHour Poetry Series - Poetry Foundation | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Friday saw the first anniversary of the shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, where alleged white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black churchgoers.
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Stories, Essays and Resources by and for Cancer Survivors

Stories, Essays and Resources by and for Cancer Survivors
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The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg

The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
The groundbreaking author of Writing Down the Bones talks about creativity as a spiritual practice, her cancer journey, and choosing passion over discipline
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Meet The Women Who Are Redefining Dance With Their Wheelchairs

Meet The Women Who Are Redefining Dance With Their Wheelchairs | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
"Dance is dance, whether you are walking or you're rolling."
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Why theatre is set for greater diversity as publishing lags behind

Why theatre is set for greater diversity as publishing lags behind | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Andrew Lloyd Webber has commissioned new research into why few black and Asian actors make it to the stage – so why aren’t book publishers doing the same?
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Sophocles and awe: the director hitting war vets with Greek tragedy

Sophocles and awe: the director hitting war vets with Greek tragedy | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Bryan Doerries is using Euripides and Sophocles to help soldiers, generals and drone pilots deal with the horrors of war – and actors from Martin Sheen to Jake Gyllenhaal are queueing up to take part
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Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong

Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
After nearly seven years of personal experience surrounding loss, I can tell who is going to read, share and comment on this article and it's no
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This Visualization of the Brain’s Word Map Is Really Addicting—Here’s Why

This Visualization of the Brain’s Word Map Is Really Addicting—Here’s Why | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Last week, Nature, the world’s most prestigious science journal, published a beautiful picture of a brain on its cover. The computer-generated image,
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Reading Is My First, Most Passionate & Longest Love Affair.

Reading Is My First, Most Passionate & Longest Love Affair. | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
I climbed into the heart of curious tales that fearlessly spoke of chaotic adventures, flying, freedom and the possibility that somewhere out there was my own

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Fraying at the Edges: Her Fight to Live With Alzheimer’s

Fraying at the Edges: Her Fight to Live With Alzheimer’s | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
A withered person with a scrambled mind, memories sealed away: That is the familiar face of Alzheimer’s. But there is also the waiting period, which Geri Taylor has been navigating with prudence, grace and hope.
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A woman with Alzheimer's who photographs, who learns to live in the present which is all she has.
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Seriously ill? Try art therapy - The Nation Nigeria

Seriously ill? Try art therapy - The Nation Nigeria | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Do you know that patients suffering from chronic illnesses and their families can be healed by art therapy? For the ‘most seriously ill’, art therapy is good. Doctors and artists say such healings are more effective, Assistant Editor (Arts) OZOLUA UHAKHEME reports.   Imagine the joy and relief an artist gets when he completes an …
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