Think Again Podcast ep. 32 – COMPASSION AND THE PRISON STATE (feat. neurosurgeon James Doty)

We surprise the smartest people you know with ideas they're not prepared to discuss. This week, neurosurgeon James Doty.

Think Again Podcast ep. 32 – COMPASSION AND THE PRISON STATE (feat. neurosurgeon James Doty)

   

 “Justice without the opportunity for redemption is torture.”  -- James Doty

In this week's episode neurosurgeon James Doty, founder of the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and author of Into the Magic Shop , and Think Again host Jason Gots wrestle with questions spiritual, political, and neurobiological. It's a lively good time.

LISTEN TO Think Again Podcast ep. 32 – COMPASSION AND THE PRISON STATE (feat. neurosurgeon James Doty):  

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