Beaver Lake Art of Mind Meeting #8

The Value and Risks of Empathy

August 23, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mont-Royal Park 2000, chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1X2
Moderator: Geoff Brown
Evaluator: Geoff Brown

The Value and Risks of Empathy

Empathy is the ability to see the world from another person's perspective and it comes in two varieties: emotional and intellectual or understanding how others feel, and understanding how they think. It is highly valued, often-discussed and is an important meta-skill for critical thinking, sales, service careers, leadership and maintaining healthy relationships. But our intuitive empathic thinking does not always align with our values. The following quote sums up the cognitive illusion called "identifiable victim effect" where our feelings about a tragedy are backwards: the less people who are hurt, the more we feel for them. "One death is a tragedy. One million deaths is a statistic." - Anonymous quote, often misattributed to Joseph Stalin Do we need more empathy in the world or less? Can empathy be learned and practiced like a skill, and are their situations where we should ignore our empathic feelings in favour of other thinking methods?


5 min 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Geoff Brown 15 min 6:05pm - 6:20pm
Business Session
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:20pm - 6:25pm
Moment of Science
Science Applied to Critical Thinking
Edmond 5 min 6:25pm - 6:30pm
Critical Thinking Tip
Julian Cheng 5 min 6:30pm - 6:35pm
The Value and Risks of Empathy
Geoff Brown 70 min 6:35pm - 7:45pm
Geoff Brown 10 min 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Closing Words
Geoff Brown 5 min 7:55pm - 8:00pm
Agenda PDF