Sudden Empathy, Too Much Empathy, and A Lack of Empathy

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Poor lister Erin. She writes to let us know she can’t find the first 44 episodes of the show, now that she’s listened to all eighty(!) of those available on iTunes. We explain how she can fill the sad hole in her life this tragedy has left. Dave’s shower thoughts lead Aline Sandouk, Amy Young, Marc Toral and Kaci McCleary to discuss the utility of giving not a single feldercarb what people think of you. On the flip side, an article in the New York Times offers a peek at what can happen if you go from not caring (or even knowing) what people think to caring all too much, when transcranial magnetic stimulation suddenly enables an autistic man to understand what others are thinking of him.

Meanwhile the DEA is considering shifting marijuana to Schedule II, and naturally Whoopi Goldberg wants you to slather pot all over your insides and outsides to help with menstrual pain. And two studies have found that both laypeople and those with some medical training have incorrect beliefs about the biology of black people, and that the greater the number of inaccurate beliefs you have, the less pain you think black patients are experiencing.

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