The Empathy Diaries – Thurs. Nov. 18th,2021
“To Fix our Crisis of intimacy and privacy, of empathy and human connection, we don’t need more technology. We need one another”, Sherry Turkle, Ph.D, author of The Empathy Diaries.Please join The Friends of the Semel for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program on empathy with Sherry Turkle, Ph.D. Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Empathy Diaries. Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and the author of the new book, Mirroring People – The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others, will join Dr. Turkle in conversation.
Since the earliest days of computer culture, Professor Sherry Turkle has been sounding an alarm about our engagement with digital technology. In The Empathy Diaries, Dr. Turkle, a preeminent media scholar, founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, and author of six books, gives us some honest and surprising lessons that meet our moment when empathy seems in short supply. She shares insights on her most personal relationships – with family, spouses, friends, and with colleagues as diverse as Jacque Lacan and Steve Jobs – as object lessons in developing the empathy necessary to make and maintain deep connections.
In Mirroring People – The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others, Professor Marco Iacoboni, a leading neuroscientist and Director of the Neuromodulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA, clearly explains the groundbreaking research into mirror neurons, the “smart cells in our brain that allow us to understand others and interpret their emotions and intentions. From imitation to morality, from political affiliation to consumer choices, mirror neurons are the part of our brain that accounts for the remarkable ability to get inside another person’s head- to know what they are thinking and feeling, the very heart of what it means to be human.