Paul Bloom, the world-renowned Yale University professor of psychology and cognitive science, has spent his career investigating some of the biggest questions that face the human race. His research calls into question our culture’s current focus on empathetic thinking, arguing that it distorts our judgment on some of the nation’s most pressing issues — how to craft effective policy, how much money to donate to public causes, who to imprison. Paul shares insights from his groundbreaking scientific research to demonstrate the disconnect between decisions informed by our immediate, visceral emotions, and the potential benefits of dry (yet supremely important) statistics.

Paul Bloom most recent book, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, was hailed by The New York Times as an “invigorating, relevant and often very funny re-evaluation of empathy.”

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