BORN TO BE GOOD DACHER KELTNER PDF
In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short”—we are in fact born to be good. Antony van Leeuwenhoek changed how we look at the natural world. Born in Delft, the Netherlands, in , he came from a family of brewers. In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short”-we are in fact.
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Compassion does not render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers but individuals who will take on the pain of others, even when given the chance to skip out on such difficult action or in anonymous dacber. I’d like to see Diana Ackerman take this research and put her magic to it, maybe the Natural History of the Smile? Aug goodd, Keats Snideman marked it as to-read. The first three chapters are somewhat startling and encouraging, and Keltner riffs on the idea that humans are not born selfish.
In any other circumstance, I think the long scientific rants would have made me close the book.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The kindness, sacrifice, and jen that make up yood communities are rooted in a bundle of nerves that has been producing caretaking behavior for over million years of mammalian evolution. But once I accepted this was a psychology book and turned on my “work” brain, I really enjoyed it.
Many will find it worthwhile.
Jan 04, Diana Suddreth rated kelltner it was ok. This is a very well-written book that describes the scientific triggers and reasons behind many of our positive emotions. Mar 26, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, I was disappointed that Keltner did not cite some other sources that would help make his point even stronger.
He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: It was very enlightening even though it catered to the sentiments of people with belief, the science remains to be proof of our evolutionary need to be good regardless of whether or not it will lead us to a fictitious promised land.
However, the ending was terrible. Want to Read saving…. I guess the whole jen thing was supposed to be a frame, but it didn’t seem to tie anything together. The Darwinian rants and longwinded “histories” of smiles and teasing was still boring.
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Apr 06, Mark Flanagan rated it liked it Recommended to Mark by: He makes some points that gkod to renew one’s faith in humanity. Other chapter were a little dull and I found them hard to push through. Some of it gets a little dry and boring, but it is very uplifting to read of biological evidence of how “fearfully and wonderfully made” we are not only as phy The author, a professor at UC Berkeley, explains how he and his students and other researchers are demonstrating that positive emotions and behavior such as smiling, touching, and caring for others, are biologically based and have their origins in our evolution as a species who must care for our young over a very extended fo of years.
Then another chapter on smiles. Have any of the studies been reproduced? Mar 15, Vicki rated it it was ok Shelves: User Review – Flag as inappropriate Good stuff in this book.
Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life – Dacher Keltner – Google Books
So, I put the book away from a very long time, and just recently pulled it out to finish mainly because I was working on my book challenge and needed to finish something to count. When shyness and Jerome Kagan was mentioned I giggled with joy. That the evolutionary process has born out the traits of cooperation and compassion because they are what is most advantageous for our survival. And of course, I loved the interesting discussions of research methods. An informative, engaging read, full of Dacher Keltner’s enthusiasm for his subject and fascinating insights on the human psyche.
Born to Be Good
Return to Book Page. Given the wonderful introductory chapter, this was a definite let down. The author, a professor at UC Berkeley, explains norn he and his students and other researchers are demonstrating that positive emotions and behavior such as smiling, touching, and caring for others, are biologically based and have their origins in our evolution as a species who must care for our young over a very extended number of years.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Jul 25, Michael rated it liked it.
Building on the work of a prior generation of researchers, he learned how to use the Facial Action Coding System FACSwhich is essentially the full catalog of all the muscle movements possible in the human face. Eat your heart out Hobbes. A refreshing change from the dismal topics usually focussed on in kelrner study of psychopathology, Kektner takes us through the cutting edge science on the more redeeming human instincts which underlie gratitude, laughter, embarassment, love compassion and awe.
Feb 09, Linda Tuplin rated it it was ok. This book makes the compelling point that kelrner nature is not exclusively selfish, as epitomized in Dawkins’ title “The Selfish Gene”, but instead exhibits, kelter many respects, cooperation and compassion. His concept of the ‘ja ratio’, in essence that the good we do fosters changes not only in our life but biologically is tremendously thought provoking and encouraging.
His research is fascinating. The funny thing is that I rather enjoyed the chapters on touch, love, and compassion, before the book became boring once again and thankfully was over. Unfortunately, his lectures are better than his writing.
Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
Robert Wright’s book “Nonzero” comes to mind in particular — Wright argues that the extension of humankind’s cooperative circle is based in mathematical game theory, and is the basis of modern civilization.
I almost didn’t get past the first chapter, because it was sort of bizarre. The result is a measurable happiness quotient. But its connection to the principal aim of the book is questionable. Religious history tells us that we are born of original sin and we need the help of a supreme being to help us be good and find salvation. I am naturally suspicious of scientists bringing good news, but Keltner’s book is well-written, thoroughly documented, and makes an effort not to reach too far beyond what he has the facts to prove.
There are much better accounts of our evolutionary nature than this, including Michael Shermer’s Science of Good and Evil and anything by Steven Pinker. The valuable information is that a person has control of their state which is based on belief. Keltner takes an in-depth look at positive emotions and acts that further those. The book starts out proposing a formula for happiness which is basically good stuff divided by bad stuff.
By this point I had learned that the author is a Psychology professor who specializes in facial feature analyzes.