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Empathy Is the Key to World Peace

New research suggests that positive interactions between strangers create empathy where it wasn't before.

There is so much conflict in today’s world. Politicians are trying to figure out how to deal with gun violence issues, international relations, and vying against one another to gain control. It’s probably safe to say, given all that conflict, they (and the people who support them) don’t always feel much empathy for members of their opposing ideological groups.


In general, it looks as though the world suffers from an empathy deficit. We stick to our own groups and don’t have a lot of interest in experiencing life from another's point of view. Fortunately, it’s not too late to change that.

Researchers from the University of Zurich seem to have found a way to help people of different social groups feel empathy for one another. The study separated participants into two groups, so each person had fellow members of their “in-group” that they identified with and also those in their “out-group,” who were seen as strangers. Study participants were directed to have a positive interaction with an out-group member, and then that same out-group member was later exposed to a painful shock. The initial participant was more likely to show activity in the brain associated with empathy in witnessing the out-group member getting shocked after having had the positive interaction with them.

As Maajid Nawaz notes in the video below, it's important to put yourself in a mindset in which you're comfortable approaching those different from and/or in opposition to you:

Neom, Saudi Arabia's $500 billion megacity, reaches its next phase

Construction of the $500 billion dollar tech city-state of the future is moving ahead.

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  • The futuristic megacity Neom is being built in Saudi Arabia.
  • The city will be fully automated, leading in health, education and quality of life.
  • It will feature an artificial moon, cloud seeding, robotic gladiators and flying taxis.
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Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

Are we genetically inclined for superstition or just fearful of the truth?

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  • From secret societies to faked moon landings, one thing that humanity seems to have an endless supply of is conspiracy theories. In this compilation, physicist Michio Kaku, science communicator Bill Nye, psychologist Sarah Rose Cavanagh, skeptic Michael Shermer, and actor and playwright John Cameron Mitchell consider the nature of truth and why some groups believe the things they do.
  • "I think there's a gene for superstition, a gene for hearsay, a gene for magic, a gene for magical thinking," argues Kaku. The theoretical physicist says that science goes against "natural thinking," and that the superstition gene persists because, one out of ten times, it actually worked and saved us.
  • Other theories shared include the idea of cognitive dissonance, the dangerous power of fear to inhibit critical thinking, and Hollywood's romanticization of conspiracies. Because conspiracy theories are so diverse and multifaceted, combating them has not been an easy task for science.

Better reskilling can future-proof jobs in the age of automation. Enter SkillUp's new coalition.

Coronavirus layoffs are a glimpse into our automated future. We need to build better education opportunities now so Americans can find work in the economy of tomorrow.

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Sponsored by Charles Koch Foundation
  • Outplacement is an underperforming $5 billion dollar industry. A new non-profit coalition by SkillUp intends to disrupt it.
  • More and more Americans will be laid off in years to come due to automation. Those people need to reorient their career paths and reskill in a way that protects their long-term livelihood.
  • SkillUp brings together technology and service providers, education and training providers, hiring employers, worker outreach, and philanthropies to help people land in-demand jobs in high-growth industries.
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Do we really date based on our own ideals?

Do we really know what we want in a romantic partner? If so, do our desires actually mean we match up with people who suit them?

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