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The Empathy Test

It’s not Voigt-Kampff, so it may not tell you if you’re a replicant, but this quiz at the New York Times site is a pretty interesting test of one’s ability to read others’ emotions from eyes alone. I scored 30 and found it much easier to judge the women’s expressions than the men’s. Quicker, too: I could quickly discern what a woman’s emotion was meant to be, but it takes a few seconds to figure out what variation on “peevish ape” a man’s might be.

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Daniel McCarthy is editor at large of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Spectator, The National Interest, Reason, Modern Age, and many other publications. Outside of journalism he has worked as internet communications coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign and as senior editor of ISI Books. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics. Follow him on Twitter.

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