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The Downside of Empathy

This Invisibilia podcast talks about all manners of how humans & other matter are entangled with each other. Spoiler: human brains are wired to be empathetic. But what does that really mean? The study of the physiological component of empathy is not a radical new thing. The term "mirror neurons" debuted in modern psychology over a decade ago. It's a complex phenomenon that we still only know very little about, but the ultra-quick response time point to something "involuntary and automatic"—meaning, empathetic connection is something so core to being human that we cannot turn it off, and it's not a calculated gesture. But there's a limitation. You can only offer what you know. When Fin started crying during the last Tragically

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