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Sam Richards:
A radical experiment in empathy

TEDxPSU · 18:07 · Filmed Oct 2010
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Sam Richards: A radical experiment in empathy
18:07 · Filmed October 2010 at TEDxPSU · Subtitles available in 36 languages

By leading the Americans in his audience step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand — not approve of, but understand — the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another? (Filmed at TEDxPSU.)

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Sam Richards is a sociologist and teacher of the largest race relations course in the US. He argues that empathy is the core of sociology. Full bio
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