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From: Veljko Dubljevic <veljko.dubljevic-ooNZgR87YHF8zQARNC3f2A <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: SPECIAL SEMINAR: The neuroscience and epistemology of emphatic cruelty - Allan Young, Nov. 21, 12-1pm
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Date: Wednesday 6th November 2013 21:13:13 UTC (over 5 years ago)
Le réseau neuroéthique de Montréal
The Montréal Neuroethics Network
Allan Young,PhD (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Thursday, November 21st,12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jeudi le 21 novembre, 12:00 – 13:00


“The Neuroscience and Epistemology of Empathic Cruelty”

Until recently, interest in cognitive and emotional empathy was
concentrated in cognitive science, social psychology, and literary studies.
With the advent of functional neuroimaging and the discovery of a putative
human mirror neuron system, interest in empathy has broadened and
intensified, notably with regard to the operation of human
‘mind-reading’ and moral sensibilities, and the evolution of the social
brain. It is commonly assumed that empathy is morally valenced: feeling or
anticipating someone else’s pain disposes an observer to behave in a
morally positive way toward the sufferer. If so, the notion of ‘empathic
cruelty’ would be an oxymoron, and this is the theme of Simon
Baron-Cohen’s popular book,The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the
Origins of Cruelty. In my talk, I will argue that recent neuroscience
research suggests that the conventional view, opposing empathy to cruelty,
is mistaken. Further, the prevailing theory of the
 evolution of the social brain leads one to a similar conclusion. I will
conclude my talk with cursory comments regarding the relevance of this
controversy for neuroethics. 
Room/SalleAndré-Barbeau, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
110 Avenue des Pins Ouest 
All are welcome but please note that there is a required reading for this
seminar and limited spaces. Please RSVP by November 20th at
veljko.dubljevic-4UibUmh+El2w5LPnMra/[email protected] to receive the
Tous sont les bienvenus mais veuillez noter qu’il y a des lectures
obligatoires pour ce séminaire ainsi qu’un nombre de places limité. SVP
réservez d’ici le 20 novembre auprès
[email protected] de vous inscrire
et de recevoir les articles à lire. 

The Montreal Neuroethics Network promotes neuroethics training, education
and dialogue by exposing various audiences to neuroethics issues; fostering
collaboration and mutual learning; and ensure Montreal's leadership in
addressing ethical and social issues in neuroscience and healthcare
delivery through inter-institutional collaborations. 
For additional information, please contact Dr. Eric Racine at: Neuroethics
Research Unit
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
Tel: +1 514 987-5723
Email: neuroethics-4UibUmh+El2w5LPnMra/[email protected]

Le Réseau neuroéthique de Montréal promeut la formation, l’éducation
et le dialogue neuroéthiques en exposant divers publics aux enjeux
neuroéthiques; en facilitant les collaborations et les apprentissages
mutuels afin de développer le leadership à Montréal pour aborder les
questions éthiques et sociales associées aux neurosciences et aux soins
de santé dans un contexte de collaboration interinstitutionnelle.
Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Éric Racine
Unité de recherche en neuroéthique
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
Tél. : +1 514 987-5723
Courriel : [email protected]

Veljko Dubljević, PhD;
Postdoctoral fellow, Neuroethics Research Unit,
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM),
Executive Director of the Montreal Neuroethics Network,
110, avenue des Pins Ouest Montréal, Qc H2W 1R7
(514) 987-5500 ext: 3249

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