Bill Nye Says Empathy Is Necessary For Human Survival

Bill Nye, beloved “Science Guy” and recent bowtie designer, says that being able to emotionally relate to another human being is an evolutionary advantage. It’s part of what has helped humans survive all this time. And according to Nye, its not just our bodies that evolve over time, but our emotions, too.

We often think of empathy as a kind of selflessness, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, it is often a self-awareness and self-focus that helps us feel for others. Watch Nye, who considers the issue “cool,” consider empathy and evolution in the Big Think video above. It may spark some deep questions of your own you’d want a guy like Nye to answer.

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