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Stephen Colbert: ‘Poor Doors’ Latest in Trend to Help ‘Haves’ Not Have to See the ‘Have-Nots’

The “Colbert Report’s” super-wealthy host explains why a New York building with a “poor door” for its less well-off residents makes total sense.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



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The Digital Attack on Fellow-Feeling

A philosopher’s keynote speech on the subject of reading delivered at the annual meeting of the Writers’ Union of Canada in May and republished in the August issue of Harper’s Magazine contains startling figures that connect a rise in society-wide online activity with a drop in empathy and a rise in “narcissistic-personality disorder” in younger generations.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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A Lesson in Empathy From Glenn Greenwald

“I’m up for us ‘All Being Bostonians Today’. But then can we all be Yemenis tomorrow & Pakistanis the day after?” Greenwald’s Guardian colleague Gary Younge wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Psychopaths Are Loose on Wall Street (Updated)

One percent of the adult human population qualifies as clinically psychopathic, exhibiting a lack of empathy and a knack for telling lies and getting away with it. That compares with 10 percent of wheeler-dealers on Wall Street, according to a recent study. American critic William Deresiewicz is not surprised. Update: The 1-in-10 figure is unsupported. See here.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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A ‘Lack of Completely Selfish Societies’

One of the fundamental questions in modern economics is whether humans act out of self-interest or they’re motivated by something else. Two professionals in the field suggest that a cooperative drive has more to do with human behavior than Milton Friedman would have us believe.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE


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Important News: Hormone Spray Makes Men Go All Cuddly

It’s an age-old complaint, at least judging by the highly scientific content found in women’s magazines: Men just aren’t snuggly enough and, what’s more, they don’t empathize enough either. Hmph! But a hormone-laced nasal spray might change all that for the better.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


In Praise of Empathy

So it is that I am watching the run-up to the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with eyes wide open. We’ve already had pre-emptive strikes against three women on the media short list. Elena Kagan, Diane Wood and Sonia Sotomayor are getting the scary radical treatment without even getting picked.

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Double-Flipping on ‘Identity Politics’

In my nearly two decades of covering New York’s irrepressible Alfonse M. D’Amato, agreement between us was, to put it politely, rare. Yet there was one extraordinary moment when good governance and good politics collided to bring me into alliance with the former senator.

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Not With a Bang but a Twitter

Can plugging into online social networks via Twitter or Facebook lead to some kind of computer-aided moral decline en masse? A study out of the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute seems to suggest that this may be an imminent side effect of living in information-overloaded societies.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


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The World as It Is

War creates a world without empathy. Those who have empathy cannot, as did Palestinian gunman Alaa Hisham Abu Dheim, coldly murder students in a Jerusalem library. Those who have empathy cannot drop tons of iron fragmentation bombs on crowded Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza, killing more than 120 Palestinians in a week, of whom one in five were children and more than half were civilians.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


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The Next Quagmire

By all indications, the United States is about to attack Iran. Expect a regional catastrophe to follow, propelled by impotent diplomacy and inane media.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


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