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Can Evil Learn Empathy?

The Science of Evil, A new book by Simon Baron-Cohen, a Cambridge University psychology and psychiatry professor, says that it is incumbent upon us to better understand evil. In fact, he says we must teach empathy to (and have empathy for) those that are called evil.

Reuters reports that Baron-Cohen believes that "erosion of empathy is an important global issue that affects the health of communities, be they small ones like families, or big ones like nations".

Well, we can't argue with that.
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On The Death of A Mass Murderer

Has anyone been talking about (or blogging about) anything else the past day or two?

The overwhelming Western response to the death of the mastermind of 9/11 seems to be, from what the media reports, a mixture of feelings. Feeling relief. Feeling vindicated. Feeling that justice has been done. Many people seem to be feeling joyful and jubilant.

Other Western responses have also been reported. Some regret that OBL was killed--they wish he had been captured and brought to trial and imprisoned. I heard someone say that they wish he had been given the chance to repent.
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My Sleep Secrets

While Richard's taking a break because of a root canal, *I'm going to go it alone today. Because I work late at night and in the morning, I thought I'd share my top sleep secrets; most of which are aimed at solving the sleep-light problem. (The "backstory" follows the tips).

Tea: Around 9:00 at night I start sipping a medicinally herbal tea. It definitely relaxes me, but doesn't put me to sleep. I can still work. I might make another cup at 11:30 or so. I use a really strong herbal mixture. If you are taking medication you must check for drug interactions but generally speaking, peppermint, spearmint, and chamomile are safe. (Some people find mint teas stimulating, so you have to experiment and see what works for you.)
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