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RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation

Docs & Non-Fiction (Cultural, History, Science)
[ 10:39 - from YouTube ]

If only every lecture were speed-animated like this one, maybe science would break through our thick, self-protective skulls. Brain research has revealed that we are not wired for self-interest, aggression or utilitarianism, as some evolutionary biologists have argued. No, we are actually wired for attachment, sociability and companionship – and most importantly, empathy, as the global response to the Haiti earthquake makes clear. Economist and EU adviser Jeremy Rifkin makes a powerful case for the need to rethink human nature and the many institutions that attempt to suppress it.

Melissa Roth

eGuider: Melissa Roth
Journalist, Author, Web Producer

Melissa Roth has written story extensions and webisodes for HBO shows including Entourage, Big Love, Sex & the City and John from Cincinnati. The author of two books (On the Loose and The Left Stuff), has written for The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and Self magazine. She is currently producing two web series, Miss Beasley's Pick-Up School for Girls and Byron's Barcalounger.

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