Thursday, May 03, 2012

Empathy . . .

STEVIE AND THE CONS love punishing people. Rehabilitation is for wusses — God wants punishment!

Well, Medicalxpress has an article that helps explain this nasty mind-set, "Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers". Yup, the God Squad just can't seem to feel others' pain — or if they do, they enjoy it. Christians love that self-righteous aggression. 

— A really, really good Samaritan —
"Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people.

In three experiments, social scientists found that compassion consistently drove less religious people to be more generous. For highly religious people, however, compassion was largely unrelated to how generous they were, according to the findings which are published in the July issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

The results challenge a widespread assumption that acts of generosity and charity are largely driven by feelings of empathy and compassion, researchers said. In the study, the link between compassion and generosity was found to be stronger for those who identified as being non-religious or less religious.

1 comment:

Brandon Laraby said...

Interesting that 'God wants punishment' yet so many of those guilty CPC end up walking off Scott free (and proud of it).