Browsing: Empathy

What Does This Photo Mean?

I came across this photo the other day and was immediately taken with it. Besides being visually striking, it seems like a Rorshach test. There are so many different possible interpretations, and the one that comes to mind first probably reflects a lot about who you are, or where you are in life.


How Botox Can Screw Up Your Social Life

OK, this is some of the most interesting research I’ve come across in a long time, reported in Medical News Today. A brand new study out of USC and Duke University suggests that Botox impairs our ability to read other people’s emotions. According to the lead authors, “one way we read the feelings of others […]


The Moral Lives of Animals, and What It Means For Us

Here’s a provocative theory that I hope turns out to be true: “In the summer of 2000 scientists saw a young elephant collapse and die on a trail in the African forest. In the following hours, elephants passing by attempted to help and revive her by lifting her dead body off the ground. In [a […]


What to Read This Weekend: Why Nice Baboons Finish First, Leadership Requires Solitude, and Humans are Naturally Empathic

Hi everyone, Here are this weekend’s reading suggestions: 1. “Solitude and Leadership”: This brilliant essay by William Deresiewicz was just nominated for a National Magazine Award. It was adapted from a speech the author gave to the plebe class at West Point, and argues that leadership and moral courage require quiet contemplation. It also says […]

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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