Investigation One: Why Don't People Act? Confronting Psychic Numbing

The readings in this investigation have been selected to deepen our understanding of ideas presented in chapters 3 and 4 of the documentary Reporter. In this clip, Nicholas Kristof answers the question, “Why should we pay attention to the rest of the world?” by referring to social science research about “the psychology of compassion” and explains how he applies this knowledge when writing about the genocide in Darfur.

Read the full overview for Investigation One.

Readings and Connections

Reading 1: “Save the Darfur Puppy”

Reading 2: Psychic Numbing and Genocide

Connections for Investigation One

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