Written by Wendy Jewell.
James Doty, M.D., FACS, FICS is a professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, a part of the Stanford School of Medicine and an affiliate of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute. He serves on the board of a number of non-profits and is the vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion, the former chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation and a senior advisor t the Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religion. Dr. Doty tells us, “compassion improves the world; yet the world around us seems ever in need of greater feats of compassion. How, then, can we create more compassion and inspire compassionate acts? And how is it that the brain and the heart work together to create compassion in the first place?” His book, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” is taking the world – and many classrooms in it – by storm. It is a New York Times bestseller and has now been published in 31 languages. On a recent call with Dr. Doty, I hoped to find some answers to questions about compassion and exactly what he found in the Magic Shop.
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