What is empathy and how does it impact our daily lives?  Beginning 9/24, and lasting the entire week, The Guggenheim museum will be sponsoring an online forum, “The Greater Good” which will cover this complex and nuanced topic. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective — the forum will look at empathy from many different perspectives. Perspectives will include:  

  • What is empathy? 
  • How is it represented across the boundaries of species?
  • What is its influence on how we relate to one another? 
  • In what ways does technology impact empathy, in this complex and changing world? .

Contributing to conversation will be:

I will be moderating.  The conversation will occur in three rounds, throughout the week – and will include a live online chat at 3PM (Eastern) on Thursday, September 27 with me and the rest of the panelists.  This interactive forum is designed not only to be a discussion among the panelists, but with the general public.  I hope that my readers here will visit the site and contribute their thoughts on the subject.  It should be a lively discussion!

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 Posts here on Asperger’s Diary regarding empathy:

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