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KQED Radio - Forum with Michael Krasny

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Can we rewire the brain to become more compassionate? That's one of the questions central to the work of James Doty, director of Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Doty's new book, "Into the Magic Shop", chronicles his journey from a chaotic childhood in Southern California to a scientist at the cutting edge of the heart-brain connection. Host: Michael Krasny.

Nautilus: James Doty's Helper's High

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James Doty is not a subject under study at the altruism research center that he founded at Stanford in 2008, but he could be. In 2000, after building a fortune as a neurosurgeon and biotech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, he lost it all in the dotcom crash: $75 million gone in six weeks. Goodbye villa in Tuscany, private island in New Zealand, penthouse in San Francisco.

Interview on ABC.NET

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James Doty emerged from a disadvantaged background in the United States to become a neurosurgeon, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist—only to let his fortune go and dedicate his professional life to the scientific study of compassion and altruism.

James Doty's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley

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Dr Doty is a neuro-scientist and shares science that relates to compassion. He explains how we are genetically designed for bonding, nurturing and being in a caring community. The health results of compassionate behavior are happiness and longevity. He discusses many experiments and uses visual aids not available here.

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