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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That’s the power of belief. Apr 24, Jools rated it really liked it.
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Born to be Good: I coudn’t find any one else even using his teminology when I googled, except his own research center. It occasionally ventured into territory that seemed so optimistic as to leave me wondering if things could possibly be as positive as he was asserting, but in every chapter usually several times a chapter Keltner brings in specific studies bodn done by himself personally to test his assertions.
Jul 02, Pradnya rated it really liked it. Dry as toast, and I still don’t get how my facial expressions make my life meaningful.
Jan 04, Diana Suddreth rated it it was ok. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. As interesting as the research is, the book still seems like a lecture; not really entertaining.
By keltneg stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human emotions. It was also good to learn about the vagus nerve, how men and women communicate differently through touch, and how encountering the Dalai Lama makes people feel good for days.
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He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: Was expecting this to be some of sort of self help material tied in with evolution psychology with oriental Confucius good. An informative, engaging read, full of Dacher Keltner’s enthusiasm for his subject and fascinating insights on the human psyche. 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 conditions.
But Ketlner’s book is at least interesting. Those activities are subjective as a beautiful sunset, exercising, religion or to psychotic behavior. Also forthcoming from Greater Good Science Center authors: Worth picking up from the library for the first four chapters though.
Born to Be Good
I enjoyed the details about the different ways in which facial expressions communicate and spread good feelings. Dec 10, Matthew rated it really liked it. Mar 26, Brian rated it really liked it Gopd Quotes from Born to Be Good: It was written at a much more accessible and interesting level than a scholarly article, and the long discussions on emotional development was quite complementary to my field of study in social development.
He highlights Darwin’s work about emotions and shows how small and simple expressions and gestures enhance the well-being of others and also of oneself. Trivia About Born to Be Good: Great stories and a lot of greats facts.
It occasionally ventured into territory that seemed “Born to Be Good: Refresh and try again. As Pete This book makes the compelling point that human nature is not exclusively selfish, as epitomized in Dawkins’ title “The Selfish Gene”, but instead exhibits, in many respects, cooperation and compassion. I also like how he surfaces the physiological and evolutionary bases of these behaviors e. Other chapter were a little dull and I found them hard to push through.
His prose, though, can be confusing, most noticeably in his attempts to present opposing theories from the past and in his use of multi-syllabic latinate words and long sentences. By combining stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human emotions.