The science of compassion: Dr. James Doty at TEDxUNPlaza



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James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He collaborates with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the moral, social and neural bases for compassion and altruism.
He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As a philanthropist, Dr. Doty supports a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. He also supports a variety of research initiatives and has provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities including Stanford University and Tulane University School of Medicine, his Alma Mater.
Dr. Doty serves on the Board of a number of non-profit organizations including the Dalai Lama Foundation of which he is chairman and the Board of Governors of Tulane University School of Medicine. He also serves on the Senior Advisory Board of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center. He is the founder of the World Compassion Initiative.

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16 thoughts on “The science of compassion: Dr. James Doty at TEDxUNPlaza

  1. hola, soy mexicana y felicito al dr. Doty por su conferencia sobre compasión y women empowerment, trata aspectos muy importantes de la vida de las personas que son una gran enseñanza, pero sugiero que busquen un traductor más eficaz o no apliquen al video una traducción automática porque hace perder las ideas, suscribe palabras que no existen, y no le da a la conferencia su magnificencia. Gracias. disfruté y aprendí mucho al verla, gracias doctor Doty.

  2. i would be very interested in learning about Dr Doty's thoughts on Sociopathy, specifically where it comes from and whether he feels compassion can be acquired. I am currently struggling with a friend who is showing signs of Sociopathy and rather than abondom him, I would prefer to help.

  3. grazie!! un libro illuminante arrivato a confermare il mio cammino… apro il cuore e ti ringrazio , mi permetto di darti del tu per non mettere la distanza perchè
    facciamo tutti parte di un unica anima!!
    Mi spiace solamente di non sapere l'inglese ma non è mai troppo tardi e questa sarà la mia prossima intenzione!!
    un caro saluto da Trieste splendida città di mare e di confine di questo splendido paese che è l'Italia…
    con la speranza un giorno di vederla nel nostro paese o meglio ancora nella mia splendida città a portare il suo messaggio..
    un abbraccio
    Roberta Marussi

  4. Jim turns out to be a hypocrite. His tirade against those who love the unborn is pathetic. I'm a doctor too Jim and I was taught to love and respect all life. What happened to your mnemonic? You feel compelled to judge a faction whom you disagree with, but who love the innocent-does justice only apply to those whom you agree with. I wish i had never bought your book. I am so disappointed in what i heard here

  5. As an evolutionarist why Dr.Doty thinks we should be compassionate at all??After all, according to him-and which i do not agree with-, we are just a speck of dust, worth nothing more. Why should we love and care at all then?What makes compassion valuable in the eyes of a"my great grandpa was an amphibian" believer?

  6. dr. doty saved my life.

    i broke my back and he fixed it.   if it wasn't for his kindness and knowledge.  i wouldn't be walking or alive today.  he is a very awesome person.  very nice.

    Big Randy Eldridge.

  7. I want to cry- this is such a wonderful message! Thanks and blessings to you and your research. We should share his beautiful video

  8. NOTE: charterforcompassionorg Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & EDUCATION = MAKE your city chartered … & join / bee active in social justice organizations……..please

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