27 October 2020 – Simon Nightingale

Empathy

Nature, or nurture, or both?

What is the origin of empathy? Is it learned, or inate? What is its evolutionary purpose? And how does the ability to understand and share the feelings of someone else help us?

Simon Nightingale

Simon is a retired consultant neurologist with an interest in cognitive neuroscience, for example the neurobiology of empathy. He is an active member of the humanist community, undertaking humanist funerals and weddings, non-religious pastoral care (i.e. humanist chaplain), school speaking and public discussions and debates. He is also part of the Humanist UK’s interfaith dialogue training team. His hobby is recreational mathematics and designing mechanical puzzles.