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Against Empathy

Mar 21, 2016 | 72 videos
Video by The Atlantic

Paul Bloom, psychologist and Yale professor, argues that empathy is a bad thing—that it makes the world worse. While we've been taught that putting yourself in another's shoes cultivates compassion, it actually blinds you to the long-term consequences of your actions. In this animated interview from The Atlantic, we hear Bloom’s case for why the world needs to ditch empathy. Readers are discussing and debating this video in our Notes section.

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Authors: Caitlin Cadieux, Paul Bloom

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