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Want to Be More Optimistic? Consider the Triumph of Human Reason

Yale psychologist Paul Bloom has views on empathy, emotion, and rationality that make him a black sheep among his peers.

Empathy Is Overrated – And It Can Actually Prolong Suffering

Oasis had it right: stop crying your heart out. Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that empathy may be working against our best interests, and that compassion may be a better strategy.

Dehumanization Isn't as Bad as We Thought, and Empathy Might Be Worse

Empathy moves us, but it may move us to make an unethical decision. Conversely, says Bloom, dehumanization is not the ultimate evil we typically assume it to be.

Against Empathy: Why Emotion-Based Politics Lead to Inaction

The ranking of empathy from highest to lowest goes liberals, conservatives, libertarians. But the difference is minor, says Paul Bloom. Typically the debate isn’t all over whether or not to empathize – it’s over who to empathize with.

Psychology is the Study of Innate Human Compassion

Through the case studies of compassion, racism, and sex, Dr. Bloom explores the intrinsic fundamentals of human nature.

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