Researchers Argue Empathy Is ‘Key’ to Eradicate extremism

While the rise of extremism is an increasing cause for concern among Canadian authorities, researchers from Concordia University focus on the various ways to prevent and halt recruitment within cult groups.

“We live in an era where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to break the walls that exist between our echo chambers, our silos”, explains one of the authors of the study, Vivek Venkatesh. “If we hear an opinion that resonates with ours, we naturally open up. But we stop thinking about the humanist aspect that brings people to adopt  an extremist or different ideology.”

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