What psychological phenomena stop us from taking action in the face of genocide or other mass atrocities? Why do we respond to the needs of one person, but not to 'the many?' Arithmetic of Compassion addresses these issues with scientific studies, with the goal of helping journalists, educators, politicians, and the general public to better understand and combat the impact of psychic numbing and other processes that lead to lowered compassion.
Our mission is to provide information on psychological barriers to compassion and serve as a resource for humanitarian outreach.
The essays and interviews in Numbers and Nerves explore the quandary of our cognitive responses to quantitative information. With contributions by journalists, literary critics, psychologists, naturalists, and activists, this book represents a unique convergence of psychological research, discourse analysis, and visual and narrative communication.
The Kigali Memorial Centre contains this gallery of photographs depicting victims of the Rwandan genocide. The remains of 250,000 victims are interred at the center. Photo by Radu Sigheti