Empiricist League 21: Mind Hacking
$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
In an increasingly divided world, how can we «hack» our minds to cultivate traits like compassion and trust? How do partisanship and group identity impact our ability to think and analyze, especially in our social media-driven world? Can we train ourselves to be more rational and less capricious in how we approach the world?
Join us for the Empiricist League’s twenty-first gathering, featuring the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience on how virtue, partisanship, and empathy affect the ways we think, feel act both online and in the real world.
Doors at 7pm. First speaker starts at 7:30pm.
— NEUROSCIENCE AND THE DANGERS OF THE PARTISAN BRAIN: How tribalism shapes our minds and behavior on social media and beyond
Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University whose research examines how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the mind and brain. This work addresses issues of group identity, social motivation, cooperation, implicit bias, moral judgment and decision-making, and group regulation from a social neuroscience perspective. Jay has published over fifty academic papers and written about research for the public in The New York Times, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and the Washington Post.
HACKING HUMAN VIRTUE: How science can «nudge» our minds towards compassion and trust
David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. At the broadest level, his work examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape vice and virtue. Studying hypocrisy and compassion, pride and punishment, cheating and trust, his work continually reveals that human moral behavior is much more variable than most would predict. He has written about his research for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, Pacific Standard, Mother Jones, and The Atlantic. David received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.
AGAINST EMPATHY: How our capacity to experience the suffering of others can promote inequality and immorality
Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. Dr. Bloom has written for scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and for popular outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.