Steven Pinker on Empathy

Steven Pinker talks about empathy being one of  ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ that is reducing violence.

 

“The third historical force has been called the expanding circle, this is a concept that was named by Peter Singer and first endorsed by Charles Darwin more than a century before. The idea is that evolution bequeathed us with a sense of empathy. Unfortunately, by default we apply it only to a narrow circle of family. Over the course of history you can see the circle of empathy expanding…”

 

From Book: The Better Angels of Our Nature:
Why Violence Has Declined

C-span
http://c-spanvideo.org/program/302562-1&start=2370

RSA
http://youtube.com/watch?v=GgNsmW_bAKI