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Pop goes the academia

26th March, 2011

Perhaps it was the census that got me in the mood for box-ticking, but the other day I found myself filling out the most bizarre of questionnaires: one that existed to measure people’s capacity for empathy.

I was asked either to strongly agree with, slightly agree with, slightly disagree with or strongly disagree with 40 statements that ranged from ‘‘Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with...

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