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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However, the ending was terrible. Totally biased, simplistic, and overly optimistic, but some of the studies presented were interesting. Keltner correctly notes that Darwin himself first suggested this, insisting on kelltner greater strength of the social or maternal instincts than that of any other instinct or motive.
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Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner
Keltner is an entertaining writer and the neuroscience and psychology is top notch. I inste I bought this book and started reading it because it was advertized as a sociological study of how people are inherently good.
He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: This guy has an agenda, and he doesn’t want to present any evidence or interpret any evidence contrary to it. Adam Smith was unfairly disparaged in the book, but Smith’s armchair philosophy in The Theory of Moral Sentiments is more on target than all of Keltner’s starry eyed conclusions based dacger his selected “scientific” studies.
We need your help to keep the “science of a meaningful life” coming. The Science of a Meaningful Life. I would propose conducting a blind test and and a placebo group.
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It gave me hope that, despite what the popular media would have us think, people ARE basically good and cooperative, and that if we can harness that there is hope for us all. I bought this book and started reading it because it was advertized as a sociological study of how people are inherently good. The funny thing is that I rather enjoyed the chap Goodness! However, I just magically happen to be a psychology PhD student. Ultimately I wish that this book had been longer and more detailed.
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Dacher Keltner’s “Born to Be Good” is in a whole different world, emotionally, than what you see in the daily news. So for the good parts: May 24, Stephen Lewis rated it it was amazing.
Keeltner it gets better after pagebut somehow, I doubt it. Open Preview See a Problem? Also, I was disappointed that Keltner did not cite some other sources that would help make his point even stronger.
The end of the book began to combine the psychology and the sociology a bit. Worth picking up from the library for the first four chapters though.
Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jul 25, Michael rated it liked it. The kindness, sacrifice, and jen that make up healthy communities are rooted in a bundle of nerves that has been producing caretaking behavior for over million years of mammalian evolution.
He has taught social psychology for the past 21 years and is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Letters and Sciences. The final chapters were on love, compassion and awe. This takes us off on a tour of the human expressions and emotions: He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: 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.
I was surprised to learn he was a student of Paul Ekman, so his writings on how certain emotions are tied to facial expressions are very strong. As interesting as the research is, the book still seems like a lecture; not really entertaining. If you really want to read this, read the first chapter and the three I’ve cited and forget the rest. This was on my “to be read” list for months, and in 3 weeks, I just can’t get through it. I like how he relates the behaviors and emotions of being “good” to evolutionary sciene he has chapters on embarrasment, laughter, kissing, smiling, to Got this book, because I listened to Keltner’s lectures on emotions to psych majors at Berkeley and found them fascinating.
I also like how he surfaces the physiological and evolutionary bases of these behaviors e. Barbara Oakley’s Evil Genes also gives a different perspective.
Apr 06, Mark Flanagan rated it liked it Recommended to Mark by: I found myself talking about the subjects a lot and sharing the stuff I learned.
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. A very enjoyable read. It took me over two years to read this book, and here’s why. Also forthcoming from Greater Good Science Center authors: