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One of the pleasures of watching movies and television is finding characters you recognize from your own life. Matthew Baldwin is a Seattle–based writer, and he spent a long time looking for a specific kind of character — someone with autism. That’s because his son was diagnosed with autism in 2006 at the age of two, and back then Matthew only knew about one portrayal of autism in media: Rain Man. Matthew tells KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel about two other characters he was happy to discover recently; Abed from the NBC sitcom "Community" and Spock from the 2009 Star Trek reboot.
The MMR doesn’t cause autism. Duh. But it does protect from autism. WTH?
J.D. Trout is a professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, and an adjunct professor at the Parmly Sensory Sciences Institute. He writes on the nature of scientific and intellectual progress, as well as on the contribution that social science can make to human well-being. He is the author of Measuring the Intentional World, and co-author of Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment. His most recent book is The Empathy Gap: Building Bridges to the Good Life and the Good Society.
In this interview with D.J. Grothe, J. D Trout draws distinctions between empathy and sympathy. He talks about the "empathy gap," which is a set of natural, evolved limits on empathy, and how these limits negatively affect society, such as when people experience difficulties trying to empathize with others who are religiously, culturally or psychologically different from themselves. He talks about how the results of empathy can actually be crippling for an individual. He talks about how we should use new research in the social sciences to overcome the empathy gap. He explores if new social science questions the basic capitalistic assumptions of the American Dream and also calls into question basic philosophical concepts, such as free-will.