Why Empathy Matters: The Science and Psychology of Better Judgment

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A road map to empathic and efficient decisions and policies, constructed from new insights in the science of human judgment

Faced with another's suffering, human beings feel sympathy and may even be moved to charity. However, for all our good intentions and vaunted free will, we are lousy at making the bigger decisions that actually improve lives. Why? Drawing on his sweeping and innovative research in the fields of psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience, philosopher and cognitive scientist J. D. Trout explains how our empathic wiring actually undermines the best interests of individuals and society. However, it is possible to bridge this "empathy gap" and improve our decision-making. Here, Trout offers a tantalizing proposal- how to vault that gap and improve the lives of not just ourselves but the lives of everyone all around the world.

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J.D. Trout is a professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of the Parmly Sensory Sciences Institute at Loyola University in Chicago. He has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities. His previous books include Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment, Measuring the Intentional World, and The Theory of Knowledge. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife and two children.

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The tone of Trout's narration may seem at odds with the subject of empathy when one is first listening to his flat vocalization of his text. Yet the focus of this narrative is not how often people are inspired to acts of empathy, but rather all the instances when humans resist the urge towards empathy because of other cognitive functions. Trout details the shortcomings of well-fed Congressmen making decisions for the poor, a jury's need for empathy to reach a just verdict, and other scenarios. Instances in which people withhold help or assistance despite the dire circumstances of others, called "gaps" by Trout, are predicated on the amount of social distance between the listener and the person who is affected. M.R. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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