Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and ‘social and ethical prophet’ Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution
of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

Jeremy Rifkin, economist and founder of The Foundation on Economic Trends, believes it is possible to expand the reach of our empathy to the entire human race, and beyond. He cites new research showing that humans are soft-wired with mirror neurons that cause us to empathize with one another. This emotion has evolved over time: What began as a feeling reserved for those of the same family has expanded to those of the same tribe, to religion, to nation.

Video created by The RSA, with Jeremy Rifkin and Cognitive Media


We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect: Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring, cooperation, and service.

You can also view a 10-minute RSA Animate of Jeremy Rifkin's lecture, which brings his talk to life through animation.

RSA Animate – Empathic Civilisation

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