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Seung Chan Lim

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Creativity, Innovation, and Change are Side Effects of Empathizing (Please read the description before replying)

There's a story that goes behind this question, so please watch the following video to understand what I mean by the idea. It will save us a lot of time sorting through the misunderstandings: http://vimeo.com/36629796

Also, here's an operational definition of "empathy" I'd like to use for this particular conversation:

"A capacity to viscerally imagine the current physical (or sometimes mental) state of an other, and as an extension their future actions. Who or what this other is depends solely on your own personal limits of empathy. It could be a person, an animal, a plant, an object, or a piece of script, or even your own body. An other is simply anything and everything we do not fully understand. So even ourselves are a subject of empathy as we often have to try and understand ourselves."

It is explained more in this video: http://vimeo.com/36629754


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    Feb 25 2012: I have ethnic artists and your common run of the mill artists in my family and from what i can gather during their creative periods it's the ethnic artists that project themselves deep into their creations more so as it's culturally inspired but contemporary and with my culture we assign spirit to all our creations.

    I'm with linda on this,empathy is the ability to look through anothers eyes and look back at yourself but not through yourself,it's usually easier to have a strong instinct for it or a strong interest for it,well that's how i define the word,my experiences with social workers,caregivers,nurses have a high quotient for it, social workers tend to be overwhelmed by the full force of what they have to deal with on a day to day basis and it can affect them more.
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      Feb 25 2012: Hi Ken! Did you watch the video? http://vimeo.com/36629796

      The only way I've been able to explain what I am trying to say is with a story, and the video tells that story.

      I don't disagree with anything you're saying, yet you make it sound as if you're disagreeing, so all I'm trying to do is resolve the discrepancies.
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        Feb 26 2012: We pay for our bandwith so i've been waiting for it to download and i've only just watched it now."Click" excellent video work and your story mirrored mine when i was very young and had to deal with a similar situation,for me i was trying to fix the problem which is inherent with all us males,i think it's DNA.

        I've always associated empathy with living beings and i thought you "wanted?" to "add?" or widen it's definition to include the inanimate.I'm still alittle confused but i put that down to not having the experience that you have with the creative and r&d industries,i take it you saw or felt that "missing something" or blackhole within those areas to feel strongly enough to try and find what it is.

        Please don't take this the wrong way as i could never put together any sort of video work like what you did,it shows your level of experience but it felt like i was watching an american advert,i think it was the piano,i had to keep flicking back to the last part a good five times and i know i'm going to watch it again.

        If you could could you give some examples of where we can see this "missing something" in play?I realise this could be impossible but i thought i would ask just in case.

        I've just read your last post and it all "Clicked" so ignore what i've just wrote above.
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          Feb 26 2012: Ah, I didn't realize you had to be sensitive to your bandwidth usage. Sorry about that, I was being insensitive.

          Your critique of the piano track is spot on. I realized that after I had posted the video. Live and learn, I guess. :) All subsequent videos I've made that explains the idea in more detail used much more subtle sound track.

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