The school research lead and the case against empathy | Gary

In a recent post, I argued that evidence-based practitioners need to display empathy if they are to act with what (Paul and Elder, 2014) describe as intellectual fair-mindedness.  Since I writing that post I have come across Paul Bloom’s recently published book Against Empathy: The case for rational compassion, in which Bloom argues that empathy can lead to poor decision-making.  As empathy can lead us to be be biased in favour of people we know or are like us – and biased us against the needs of others who are not like us, or we don’t know.   So with this in mind the rest of this post will…

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