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Extending Empathy Beyond the Familiar

Extending Empathy Beyond the Familiar | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Sue Gerhardt provides a follow-up to the 60 Minutes "Born Good?" program, looking at the challenges in being empathetic outside of familiar social interaction.

 

Born Good? challenged the dominant cultural idea that we are born selfish and individualistic. But although it established that we are an innately social and co-operative species, it also hinted at our limitations. In another experiment shown in the programme, young children were clearly not interested in helping unknown (and unseen) strangers. Extending helpfulness to those beyond our in-group probably doesn’t come so naturally. So perhaps this alerts us to the need to actively promote empathy, with programmes such as Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy in schools (now spreading here to the UK).


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Our school has an empathy program for the early primaries. I'm thankful for progressive education systems that "get it"

 

Companion piece: http://startempathy.org/blog/2013/04/empathy-ethos-born-staffroom

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Jocelyn Stoller's comment, April 10, 2013 4:32 PM
I call this "Empathic Imagination"The person with an empathic imagination and a healthy reflective mind . . .

Can embrace an endless expanse of identification:

We can recognize commonalities across cultures and feel an essential connection not only to our closest family, friends and community, but to humanity as a whole, and to other sentient creatures . . .
Edwin Rutsch's comment, April 10, 2013 4:37 PM
yes,, I see that... I call it 'Imaginative Empathy' ;-) see Definition of Empathy
http://bit.ly/J6fK91
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Three Videos Everyone Should See Before Voting

Three Videos Everyone Should See Before Voting | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
"Personhood" for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman. Are you really cool with that? Even if you personally would not chose an abortion?
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"Now, I'm not keen on pitting a woman's rights against those of her fetus. Although useful to understand certain issues, it sets up a false and misleading dichotomy. Gestation, during which a woman chooses to share her body in complex, fully integrated ways, is the exact opposite of separation. Women are not separate from their fetuses."


..."Personhood legislation leaves no room for medical and personal nuance...In addition, as Paltrow and Emma Ketteringham recently pointed out in this article: This is not just a legislative concern, but also a judicial one. "If judges decide that the homicide law permits the prosecution of a teenager whose fetus is stillborn because of drug use, then all pregnant women who suffer such losses can be prosecuted for the crime of homicide."

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Science Debunks Morning-After Pill’s Abortion Myth

Science Debunks Morning-After Pill’s Abortion Myth | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
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5,000-year-old ‘transgender’ skeleton discovered

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Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old skeleton which they believe may be the remains of a transgender person. The male skeleton was found in a suburb of Prague and is buried in a manner previously only seen for female burials.

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Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces? : NPR

Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces? : NPR | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Since most of the faces we encounter are emotionally ambiguous, we're forced into interpretations. And in the case of troubled teens, the perception of hostile faces all around can lead to aggressive behavior.
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This is really intrigueing also for people with an ASD diagnosis.

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Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: 'Sure, Who Cares'

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WASHINGTON—Ten minutes into oral arguments over whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to marry one another, a visibly confounded Supreme Court stopped legal proceedings Tuesday and ruled that gay marriage was “perfectly fine” and ...
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Oh The Onion, you are so great.

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Tina Fey, Movie Star? Not Quite Yet, She Says : NPR

Tina Fey, Movie Star? Not Quite Yet, She Says : NPR | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
The writer, actor and producer has a starring role in the new movie Admission.
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One of the strong women in hollywood I continue to like.

 

"Writer, actor and producer Tina Fey stars in a new movie out today called Admission, a film that's nominally about getting into college. Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton University, one of those diligent bureaucrats who cull thousands of applications in search of a small cadre of brilliant young people who will be the freshman class."

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An open letter to myself about being a man

An open letter to myself about being a man | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Dear Me, Pardon the profanity, but it's time that you got your shit together. Yeah, yeah, yeah . . . as the father of three girls, raised by a kick-as
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One of the good guys. I'm lucky to know lots of them.

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Gay Men’s Sexism and Women’s Bodies

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Some believe that since gay men do not want to be sexually intimate with women, our uninvited touching and groping is benign.
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I haven't ever seen/heard this brought up but it's something I have definitely observed. In fact, I've seen it and experienced it in clothing stores the most. I remember a Gap I was in once where a young man was moving freely in and out of the women's changing area and being very forward with touching (without permission) the female customers as he offered fitting advice. Not one of the several women I observed confronted him or even tried to back away aggressively but all of them looked uncomfortable about the experience. To me, one thing this signifies is the importance of understanding that consent about what you can do with a another person's body is not about sex.

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UN to investigate possible human rights abuses in North Korea - The Guardian

UN to investigate possible human rights abuses in North Korea - The Guardian | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
The United Nations' top human rights body has unanimously approved a formal investigation into North Korea for possible crimes against humanity.
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At What Point in Pregnancy Does a Woman's Personhood End?

At What Point in Pregnancy Does a Woman's Personhood End? | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Laura Flanders talks to attorney Lynn Paltrow, the executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
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This is hugely important to understand. The rights of the mother will inevitably be affected when the rights of the fetus are disproportionately elevated. 

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Lindsay Lohan Might Never Do Real Jail Time, But These Kids Probably Will

Lindsay Lohan Might Never Do Real Jail Time, But These Kids Probably Will | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Extending Empathy Beyond the Familiar

Extending Empathy Beyond the Familiar | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Sue Gerhardt provides a follow-up to the 60 Minutes "Born Good?" program, looking at the challenges in being empathetic outside of familiar social interaction.

 

Born Good? challenged the dominant cultural idea that we are born selfish and individualistic. But although it established that we are an innately social and co-operative species, it also hinted at our limitations. In another experiment shown in the programme, young children were clearly not interested in helping unknown (and unseen) strangers. Extending helpfulness to those beyond our in-group probably doesn’t come so naturally. So perhaps this alerts us to the need to actively promote empathy, with programmes such as Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy in schools (now spreading here to the UK).


Via Edwin Rutsch
Makeesha Hall Fisher's insight:

Our school has an empathy program for the early primaries. I'm thankful for progressive education systems that "get it"

 

Companion piece: http://startempathy.org/blog/2013/04/empathy-ethos-born-staffroom

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Jocelyn Stoller's comment, April 10, 2013 4:32 PM
I call this "Empathic Imagination"The person with an empathic imagination and a healthy reflective mind . . .

Can embrace an endless expanse of identification:

We can recognize commonalities across cultures and feel an essential connection not only to our closest family, friends and community, but to humanity as a whole, and to other sentient creatures . . .
Edwin Rutsch's comment, April 10, 2013 4:37 PM
yes,, I see that... I call it 'Imaginative Empathy' ;-) see Definition of Empathy
http://bit.ly/J6fK91
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New report shows how the principle of “personhood” is already criminalizing pregnancy in the US

New report shows how the principle of “personhood” is already criminalizing pregnancy in the US | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
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"Because there’s simply no way to give fertilized eggs full constitutional rights without taking some away from pregnant women."

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Rising rhetoric of a new "yellow peril"

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The complaints are familiar - "Asian immigrants are taking our jobs," "Asian immigrants are buying our property and keeping us out."...
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Man braves 2,000-degree lava flows for amazing photos

Man braves 2,000-degree lava flows for amazing photos | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Sean King is a daring and budding photographer, and the images he brings home as trophies will make your jaw drop.
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It's amazing what people can do!

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I Never Thought A 1-Minute Video Could Punch Me In The Heart. Yet Here We Are.

I Never Thought A 1-Minute Video Could Punch Me In The Heart. Yet Here We Are. | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Stunning. Absolutely stunning.
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As a communication designer, person interested in human rights and lover of all things "effective" and "efficient", this is a triple whammy for me.

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American Academy Of Pediatrics Formalizes Support For Marriage Equality

American Academy Of Pediatrics Formalizes Support For Marriage Equality | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which has over 60,000 members, has long been supportive of same-sex families, signing onto court briefs supporting marriage equality and defending LGBT youth from anti-gay efforts like the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
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Indonesia: First Execution in 4 Years a Major Setback - Human Rights Watch

Indonesia: First Execution in 4 Years a Major Setback - Human Rights Watch | Elevating Our Collective Humanity | Scoop.it
Indonesia: First Execution in 4 Years a Major Setback Human Rights Watch “The Indonesian government's execution of Adami Wilson is a senseless end to four years without state killings,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
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