Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Systems of Empathy

In "What Is Your Dangerous Idea?", Simon Baron-Cohen muses on the machismo and combativeness of conventional politics compared to "A Political System Based on Empathy".

Author of "The Essential Difference: Male and Female Brains and the Truth About Autism", Simon identifies our current confrontational political system with typical male characteristics and makes comparisons with the typically female trait of Empathy, which may be a crucial ingredient in solving the worst conflicts that face us.

While Interactive Democracy doesn't demolish combative party politics, by increasing the power of the electorate it reduces the bias towards male domination by increasing numbers of female votes and ideas.

Simon Baron-Cohen is a psychologist at the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University.

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