Books and Buildings
Check out these books and buildings to learn more about empathy!
The Empathic Civilization
By Jeremy Rifkin
"In The Empathic Civilization, Mr. Rifkin presents a sweeping new interpretation of the history of civilization. The best-selling author looks at the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped the human story-and will likely determine our fate as a species.
Rifkin argues that human empathy is beginning to extend to all of life in the biosphere, giving rise- for the first time in history- to the prospect of truly global consciousness. The irony is that just as we are beginning to glimpse the possibility of global empathic consciousness, we find ourselves close to our own extinction. With The Empathic Civilization,
Jeremy Rifkin asks, can we reach global empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the earth?"
Reality is Broken
By Jane McGonigal
"People who spend hours playing video or online games are often maligned for 'wasting their time; or 'not living in the real world,' but McGonigal argues persuasively and passionately against this notion in her eminently effective examination of why games are important. She begins by disabusing the reader of some inherent prejudices and assumptions made about gamers, such as that they’re lazy and unambitious.
Quite the opposite: McGonigal finds that gamers are working hard to achieve goals within the world of whatever game they are playing, whether it’s going on a quest to win attributes to enhance their in-game characters or performing tasks to get to a higher level in the game. Games inspire hard work, the setting of ambitious goals, learning from and even enjoying failure, and coming together with others for a common goal. McGonigal points out many real-world applications, including encouraging students to seek out secret assignments, setting up household chores as a challenge, even a 2009 game created by
the London newspaper,
The Guardian to help uncover the excessive expenses of members of Parliament. With so many people playing games, this comprehensive, engaging study is an essential read."
Mapping the Mind
By Rita Carter
"Today a brain scan reveals our thoughts, moods, and memories as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones. We can actually observe a person's brain registering a joke or experiencing a painful memory. Drawing on the latest imaging technology and the expertise of distinguished scientists, Rita Carter explores the geography of the human brain. Her writing is clear, accessible, witty, and the book's 150 illustrations--most in color--present an illustrated guide to that wondrous, coconut-sized, wrinkled gray mass we carry inside our heads.
Mapping the Mind charts the way human behavior and culture have been molded by the landscape of the brain. Carter shows how our personalities reflect the biological mechanisms underlying thought and emotion and how behavioral eccentricities may be traced to abnormalities in an individual brain."
-University of California Press
Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others
By Marco Iacoboni
"What accounts for our remarkable ability to get inside another person's head--to know what he or she is thinking and feeling?
Marco Iacoboni, a leading neuroscientist, explains the groundbreaking research into mirror neurons, the "smart cells" in our brain that allow us to understand others. From imitation to morality, from political affiliations to consumer choices, mirror neurons are relevant to myriad aspects of social cognition. Mirroring People is the first book for the general reader on this revolutionary new science."
The Empathic Brain
By Christian Keysers
"The discovery of mirror neurons has caused an unparalleled wave of excitement amongst scientists. The Empathic Brain makes you share this excitement. Its vivid and personal descriptions of key experiments make it a captivating and refreshing read. Through intellectually rigorous but powerfully accessible prose, Christian Keysers makes us realize just how deeply this discovery changes our understanding of human nature. You will start looking at yourselves differently - no longer as a mere individual but as a deeply interconneted, social mind."
Frames of Mind
By Howard Gardner
"In Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner treated the personal intelligences 'as a piece'. Because of their close association in most cultures, they are often linked together. However, he still argues that it makes sense to think of two forms of personal intelligence. Gardner claimed that the seven intelligences rarely operate independently. They are used at the same time and tend to complement each other as people develop skills or solve problems.
In essence Howard Gardner argued that he was making two essential claims about multiple intelligences.The theory is an account of human cognition in its fullness. The intelligences provided 'a new definition of human nature, cognitively speaking'. Human beings are organisms who possess a basic set of intelligences.
People have a unique blend of intelligences. Howard Gardner argues that the big challenge facing the deployment of human resources is how to best take advantage of the uniqueness conferred on us as a species exhibiting several intelligences"
-Mark K. Smith
A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule The Future
By Daniel Pink
"The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment-and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age."
The Greater Good Science Center
According to the Greater Good Science Center site:
"The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society."
Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center is unique in its commitment to both science and practice:
"Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.
Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals,
strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior - the science of a meaningful life.
And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public."
Mindful Awareness Research Center
According to the Mindful Awareness Research Center site:
"The Mindful Awareness Research Center was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness in a scientifically supported and rigorousform. The Mindful Awareness Research Center is a new center in the Semel Institute."
The Jane and Terry Semel Institute at UCLA is dedicated to research and education of neuroscience and human behavior.
MARC is a new center in the Semel Institute. Our mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.
The MARC center offers classes and workshops to the general public, teaching the skills of mindfulness across the lifespan and fosters and publicizes research to support the scientific benefits of mindful awareness.
The center brings mindfulness to professionals through UCLA's medical education program-including doctors, medical students, staff and faculty.
The Mindful Awareness Research Center center brings mindfulness into pre-K through grade 12 education via teacher training programs and mindful awareness classes in the schools and also offers mindfulness tools and classes to support mental health professionals.
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
According to the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education site:
"CCARE was established at Stanford University within the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Research at the School of Medicine to support and conduct rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior.
Drawing from several disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, economics and contemplative traditions, research at CCARE also examines methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide."
"The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) is striving to create a community of scholars and researchers, including neuroscientists, psychologists, educators and philosophical and contemplative thinkers around the study of compassion.
Drawing from such varied disciplines - from etiological approaches that examine the evolutionary roots of compassion to skills training programs for strengthening compassion to neuroscientific studies of the brain mechanisms that support compassion.
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Educationis working to gain a deep understanding of compassion and its associated human behaviors in all its richness. CCARE is also engaged with experts from contemplative traditions that contain a rich mental taxonomy and, more importantly, clearly delineated mental techniques aimed at cultivating and enhancing specific qualities of the human mind and heart, i.e. compassion."
The Culture of Empathy website is a growing portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains the internet's largest collection of: articles, conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews, videos, science and much more about empathy and compassion.