WATCH: Psychology is the Study of Innate Human Compassion

We're halfway through our rollout of The Floating University here at Big Think. It's some of the most vital, timely, and mind-changing video content anywhere on the Web. Here's number six of 12 on our list, featuring Yale psychologist Paul Bloom.

We're halfway through our rollout of The Floating University here at Big Think. It's some of the most vital, timely, and mind-changing video content anywhere on the Web. Here's number six of 12 on our list, featuring Yale psychologist Paul Bloom.


Through the case studies of compassion, racism, and sex, Dr. Bloom explores the intrinsic fundamentals of human nature, including some of our most intriguing tendencies, such as the kindness of babies, stereotyping (which can be both detrimental and beneficial), and our universal sense of beauty.

Additional topics addressed in the lecture include: "What do studies suggest is the number one characteristic that males and females look for in a mate?", "How can I get someone to have compassion for causes I care about?", "Are we all unconscious racists?", and even, "What do the porn preferences of monkeys tells us about our own sexual choices?"

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