About this Talk: By leading the Americans in his audience at TEDxPSU step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand — not approve of, but understand — the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?

About this Speaker: Sam Richards is a sociologist and teacher of the largest race relations course in the US. He argues that empathy is the core of sociology. Website—

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