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Strangers, Terror, and Kindness in Cities

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12–1 pm


Sign mounted on a wall encouraging random acts of kindness

The ability of people of different races and cultures to live together in cosmopolitan cities is a triumph. We are constantly mediating a tug-of-war between deep-seated instincts for fear and trust. Where do these instincts come from? How can we build more convivial cities and lives? Join psychologist Emanuele Castano, expert of social identification, and empathy, and neuroeconomist Paul Zak, who studies the chemistry of connection, morality and happiness in an exploration of the science and mystery of terror and kindness in cities.

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