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Feeling Compassion is Not Enough

All languages I know (Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, even Sanskrit) and some I don’t (Greek and Latin) have three positive pro-social words: empathy, sympathy, and compassion. But lovely as these words are, as well as the feelings they point … Continue reading

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Indifference in Humans and Animals

What does it mean to be indifferent? The word itself is not all that clear. Is indifference a purely neutral term, referring to an absence of feeling? Or is it a negative term, meaning unfeeling? Is it synonymous with apathy? … Continue reading

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Orcas Who Play with Their Food

You probably know the orca by its other name: the killer whale. This name is old. In 1835, R. Hamilton wrote that the killer whale “…has the character of being exceedingly voracious and warlike. It devours an immense number of … Continue reading

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