The Evolution of Empathy

On Sunday July 3, I gave the following presentation entitled “The Evolution of Empathy” at the monthly Ottawa Skeptics meeting in a local pub. Here’s a brief summary:

Evolution can be viewed as a competition between individuals for survival, which seems at odds with the existence of altruism, co-operation, and empathy. Remarkably, the answer lies in selfish genes, game theory, and even sociopaths. Our future existence may depend on the degree we can extend our ability to empathize.

The Evolution of Empathy from Dana Peters on Vimeo.


05. July 2011 by dana
Categories: Meetings, Upcoming Meetings | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. Like to see empathy theory put to work in a washing machine that projects deliverables on mixes with tribe, colour, religion, moving on to decision about war, genocide and national politics. Thank you Dana.

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