In an increasingly divided world, how can we "hack" our minds to cultivate traits like compassion & trust? How do partisanship & group identity impact our ability to think & analyze, especially in our social media-driven world? Can we train ourselves to be more rational & less capricious in how we approach the world?
Join us for the Empiricist League's twenty-first gathering, featuring the latest insights from psychology & neuroscience on how virtue, partisanship, & empathy affect the ways we think, feel act both online & in the real world.
Doors at 7pm. First speaker starts at 7:30pm.
NEUROSCIENCE AND THE DANGERS OF THE PARTISAN BRAIN: How tribalism shapes our minds & behavior on social media & beyond
Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Science at New York University whose research examines how collective concerns-group identities, moral values, & political beliefs-shape the mind & brain. This work addresses issues of group identity, social motivation, cooperation, implicit bias, moral judgment & decision-making, & group regulation from a social neuroscience perspective. Jay has published over fifty academic papers & written about research for the public in The New York Times, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Quartz, & the Washington Post.
HACKING HUMAN VIRTUE: How science can "nudge" our minds towards compassion & trust
David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. At the broadest level, his work examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape vice & virtue. Studying hypocrisy & compassion, pride & punishment, cheating & trust, his work continually reveals that human moral behavior is much more variable than most would predict. He has written about his research for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, Pacific Standard, Mother Jones, & The Atlantic. David received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.
AGAINST EMPATHY: How our capacity to experience the suffering of others can promote inequality & immorality
Paul Bloom is the Brooks & Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His research explores how children & adults understand the physical & social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, & art. Dr. Bloom has written for scientific journals such as Nature & Science, & for popular outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, & The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.