james doty

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intro’d to him at bif 9 livestream

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James decided on his career path in fourth grade when a doctor came to visit his class and modeled for him the type of person he wanted to be.  It was not the work of medicine that made the strongest impression on Doty, but the man’s kindness.


@StanfordCCARE “Western Women will save humanity”- @DalaiLama

Listening to Dr James Doty reminds me: Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always. #BIF9 @StanfordCCARE

@StanfordCCARE: “As humans, our lot is to suffer. But also to care, nurture + soothe. To recognize suffering of others and intervene” #BIF9

@StanfordCCARE – step out of assumed norms.. to unleash who you are #bif9


Conversations on Compassion: Chade-Meng Tan, Google’s ‘Jolly Good Fellow’  jan 2013

perhaps scale world peace faster Meng..  if we also do it via public ed… where 90% of people are affected in some way..

a people experiment 2

like search inside yourself – on steroids..

what we should be looking for instead – lost opportunities…  like missing it – ness, like 7 billion Jack‘s…

1:31:00 – perhaps too, tech as placebo, reducing time between intention and action, every day.. to see those connections, rapid prototyping, ongoing iterations, will exponentiate/hasten this along..


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James is Founder and Director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University – ccare:

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As Director of CCARE, Dr. Doty has collaborated on a number of research projects focused on compassion and altruism including the use of neuro-economic models to assess altruism, use of the CCARE developed compassion cultivation training in individuals and its effect, assessment of compassionate and altruistic judgment utilizing implanted brain electrodes and the use of optogenetic techniques to assess nurturing pathways in rodents. Presently, he is developing collaborative research projects to assess the effect of compassion training on immunologic and other physiologic determinates of health, the use of mentoring as a method of instilling compassion in students and the use of compassion training to decrease pain.


tedxunplaza, sept 16, 2013:


James starts at 1:15:00

backstory – i am a humanist..

step out of roles/labels.. and flourish


ig Think (@bigthink) tweeted at 10:01 PM on Sat, Feb 06, 2016:
Think Again Podcast ep. 32 – COMPASSION AND THE PRISON STATE (feat. neurosurgeon James Doty)https://t.co/2RROOIhPsW https://t.co/JuYUvfPPPn

when we turn prison industries into private companies… ie: if you don’t keep the prison full.. the state has to pay… ie: the fundamental nature of prisons.. is to torture/dehumanize/objectify.. you’re not going to rehabilitate.. redeem..

justice w/o opportunity for redemption is torture..

on solitary

how to change this… simple..

..recognize an individual as a human being..

nationality: human

when you create a narrow world view.. people can’t authentically be who they are

this second is all we have.. that’s quite extraordinary… let’s just be here…


How-To Guide on Mindfulness Meditation from a Stanford Neurosurgeon


internal dialogue that really isn’t you at all.. it’s collections of experiences et al from environ.. that often times you allow to define you.. so have emotional response when listening to these voices..

1\ breathe and be attuned to that.. the nature of that type of concentration (breathing) distracts you from the dialogue.. you realize your muscles are tense.. go thru body parts releasing tension.. no longer listening to that dialogue.. having emotional response

2\ change the dialogue to be nurturing/supportive of your self.. your physiology changes.. and then manner in which you interact w other people improves..

take time to tame the mind.. open your heart.. realize not only you are suffering.. but everyone is.. allows you to be much more thoughtful,kind, interests.. because you recognize other person is just like you.. changes entire environ around you


Our bodies are chronically in “threat mode”—but being kind recalibrates our nervous system. Stanford University professor Dr. James Doty explains the physical and mental health benefits of compassion and kindness:  https://t.co/Y529wXJXoihttps://t.co/osx5BFi3P0
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/bigthink/status/1310847363439882240

jan 2020 article – Our bodies are chronically in “threat mode”—but being kind recalibrates our nervous system –

being compassionate to others can actually reset our consistently stressed systems back into our default “rest mode”, causing all kinds of positive effects to our overall health.

the nervous system doesn’t function optimally if it’s in threat mode all the time. And yet, our adrenaline-fueled, “on-the-go” lifestyles have us operating mainly in threat mode, which can be one of the reasons we contract a variety of different illnesses.

Our bodies release inflammatory proteins in response to stress. Because of this release, our nervous system shows a decrease in the capabilities of our immune system, which is what responds to threats such as germs or bacteria that cause illnesses.

According to Dr. Doty, instead of a quick response that is often based on fear, anxiety or stress, our response time is slower and more deliberate, which tends to result in more effective, more creative and more compassionate actions. We are able to change the responses we have to events because we are allowing the executive control area of our brain to function at the highest level.

When we switch to our parasympathetic nervous system (which we instinctively do when we act out of compassion), we flip out of the sympathetic nervous system that most of us live in due to our busy lifestyles.

When this switch happens, our heart rate variability increases, which causes a boost in our immune system. This immune system boost can help us fight off infections or illnesses.

Research by Dr. Doty has shown that one of the long-term positive effects of living in our parasympathetic nervous system (referred to as our “resting” mode) is that our telomeres actually increase in length… slow down aging of some cells