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Our obsession with empathy is flawed

Given a choice between complex cogitations and simple emotional reactions, most of us, most of the time, opt for the latter. This choice is usually automatic and unconscious. The emphasis on empathy encourages us to indulge this weakness, to believe that feelings are all we need to be better people in a better world.

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  • THE DAO OF JAZZ – LONDON 15 NOVEMBER. "Philosopher Dr Julian Baggini explores the relationship between Jazz and philosophy and reveals what we can learn about how to live, just by listening a little closer." With pianist Clive Dunstall and vocalist Juliet Russell. More information and booking here. #
  • EX LIBRIS LIVE – OXFORD, 30 OCTOBER. Join Tracy Chevalier, Julian Baggini, Paul Bassett Davies and Katerina Diamond for an evening of bookish bluffing, entertaining chit-chat and outright literary sneakiness as our panel battle it out to win Ex Libris LIVE! More about Ex Libris here and booking here #
  • VARIOUS EVENTS IN BRUSSELS – 22/23 OCTOBER. All related to my most recent book on truth. On Sunday at 2pm I’m leading a Superdemocracy discussion group at the Belgian Senate. On Monday at 7pm there is a public lecture at the Muntpunt library, followed by a Full Circle dinner at the same venue. In the afternoon at 5:15 there is also a Teen Talk. #
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  • RELIGION AND ATHEISM: BEYOND THE DIVIDE – SHEFFIELD, 10 OCTOBER. Panel discussion with Anthony Carrol, Angie Hobbs and Richard Norman at Sheffield Cathedral, 19:30. More information and booking here. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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