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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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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, May 24, 12:05 PM

Many great questions to ponder on the topic of empathy. 

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In Naples, Gift of Coffee to Strangers Never Seen

In Naples, Gift of Coffee to Strangers Never Seen | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
The Neapolitan tradition of “suspended coffee” — paying for two, drinking one and leaving the receipt for the other for a stranger — has spread around the world.
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Paying it forward. A custom that brightens your day.

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Three Ways to Engage Visual Learners

Three Ways to Engage Visual Learners | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
In your classroom, you probably have many different types of learners. For visual learners, adding the arts can be a huge help. Here are three ways to start.
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NEA Arts Magazine | NEA

NEA Arts Magazine | NEA | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
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Celebrate the ways arts are helping communities. Read the articles in this issue of NEARTS.

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87 year old breaks record at Honolulu marathon - Canadian Running Magazine

87 year old breaks record at Honolulu marathon - Canadian Running Magazine | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
An 87 year-old Canadian woman broke a 20 year-old age record yesterday at the Honolulu marathon. Jean McHugh of North Vancouver finished the marathon with
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Flow, the secret to happiness

Flow, the secret to happiness | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 15, 2:40 AM

A recipe for getting into the Flow that you can apply to many aspects of life.

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 15, 11:14 AM

He has been talking about flow for many years. I have his books and they date back 20+ years. 

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Colorado Doctor Finds Way To Treat Common Vertigo

Colorado Doctor Finds Way To Treat Common Vertigo | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
More than seven million people in the U.S. suffer from vertigo with 50,000 in the Denver area alone. The symptoms include feeling surroundings spinning when nothing is moving.
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Another way to get rid of vertigo- not the Eply.

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Of Poets and Caregivers -- NPR Features CAREGIFTED

Of Poets and Caregivers -- NPR Features CAREGIFTED | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Seattle NPR stations KUOW and KPLU both aired feature stories this week on
poet Heather McHugh's groundbreaking non-profit Caregifted to promote the
November 25th Caregifted Arts Works Manuscript Critique fundraiser.
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10 Easy Art Therapy Techniques To Help You De-Stress

10 Easy Art Therapy Techniques To Help You De-Stress | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Art therapy is a form of therapy that encourages creativity and self-expression as vehicles to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, increase awareness and help remedy trauma. While many other forms of therapy depend on verbal language to express feeli...
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What Butterflies Can Teach Us About Embracing Change

What Butterflies Can Teach Us About Embracing Change | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Few creatures endure a transformation like the caterpillar who becomes a butterfly. Certainly, as humans, we've all faced our share of changes, and we've undoubtedly come out the other side smarter and stronger.

But some of the most trying shifts ...
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Three Essential Green Books of the Year -- and a Poem

Three Essential Green Books of the Year -- and a Poem | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Drawing from years of research and case studies, these three books challenge such trends with empirical evidence of breakthrough regenerative development efforts in our cities, villages and agricultural fields as acts of restoration, resistance and c...
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Scroll down for the beautiful video of a poem.

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Healing with words - ABC North Coast NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Healing with words - ABC North Coast NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Lennox Head GP, Dr Hilton Koppe works with doctors and patients to help them express themselves in words. It all started with a poem by one of his patients that suggested 'I should perhaps, instead, seek a vet'.
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Healing with words works for all ages.

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Four New Poems by Margarita Engle | YARN

Four New Poems by Margarita Engle | YARN | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
As if the interview weren't enough, we ALSO have four new poems by Margarita Engle! The Abolitionist Poets of Cuba Without a free North// where lawmakers and orators// could take a stand// openly// // the work fell to poets// who veiled their opinions
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Dragons, legos, and solitary: Ai Weiwei's transformative Alcatraz exhibition

Dragons, legos, and solitary: Ai Weiwei's transformative Alcatraz exhibition | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
In the prison's cramped cells, hallways, and psych wards, sounds and visuals subtly shame the unjust.
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Patch Adams, M.D. Integrative Medicine interview - YouTube

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Patch talks more about integrative medicine and his experiences. Dr. Adams has pioneered a new model of medicine which embraces a humane and holistic approach and eliminates our dysfunctional and profit based system. (c)Kirk Mann 2011

CategoryNonprofits & ActivismLicenseStandard YouTube Licensehttp://youtu.be/SARHCS8DRJE

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A Fascinating New Idea About What It Means When You Start Forgetting Things

A Fascinating New Idea About What It Means When You Start Forgetting Things | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Having a "senior moment"? Don't despair.
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Kyung Wha Chung Makes Comeback at Southbank Center, London

Kyung Wha Chung Makes Comeback at Southbank Center, London | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it

Values chThe violinist Kyung Wha Chung, sidelined by injury for almost a decade, returns to the London concert stage on Tuesday.

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Values change from decade to decade. A violinist still loves to play music.

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Healing Through Creativity Festival

Healing Through Creativity Festival | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Trauma Survivors and Supporters of Survivors of Trauma are invited to share art, music, writing, poetry and other creative forms at the Healing Through Creativity Festival.
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A German Retirement Community Did A Calendar Where Seniors Amazingly Re-Created Famous Movie Scenes

A German Retirement Community Did A Calendar Where Seniors Amazingly Re-Created Famous Movie Scenes | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
This is so dang cute!
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Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking

Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Walking meditation, also called mindful walking, combines the basic principles of meditation, such as breathing, concentration and relaxation with rhythmic walking. “As with traditional meditation, walking meditation can reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, create feelings of well-being, help you sleep, improve your mood and help you manage stress,” says Shirley Archer, a fitness expert who teaches walking meditation workshops at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

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This article presents 5 practices to help you into mindful walking.  The third practice "Find a Mantra" rang my memory bell and helped be understand that all the years I spent hiking and climbing were in so many way mindful walking. 


I used the mountaineer's rest step and a simple chant to climb high passes with a heavy pack. It was very hard work that on occassion lead to bliss. 


Thinking back on those experiences fills my mind with ease. My travel memories are a rich library. Evoking the best of them makes now a more mindful place.