The New York Times reports how a new study published in the journal Science found participants who read literary fiction scored better on empathy tests than participants who only read non-fiction, popular fiction, or nothing at all. It seems reading Dostoyevsky and Proust can help you understand the minds of others better than, say, Stephenie Meyer or Dan Brown. Who’da thunk?
ELSEWHERE: Reading Literary Fiction Develops Empathy
James Hoskins is a teacher, writer, musician, and philosophy geek. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a M.A. in Science & Religion from Biola University. James teaches philosophy and science classes at a private, college prep high school in the Kansas City area. You can find him at his blog PhiloLogos, and on Twitter under @clumsybrute.