The Wisdom of Five Empathy Experts at TED

From Iraq to oxytocin, a round-up of big thoughts from big empathy experts.

By Ada Calhoun

1. Sociologist Sam Richards asks if it’s possible to understand the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? He wonders: Can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?

2. Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax explains what she earned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy in the course of her hospice work.

3. Bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy. 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.

4. Research professor Brené Brown delivers a deeply personal talk about our ability to love and empathize.

5. Neuro-economist Paul Zak explains how Oxytocin is responsible for empathy—and a stable society.

Click here to view The Wisdom of Five Empathy Experts at TED.

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