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Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Lifeby Dacher Keltner
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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. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and are the fabric of cooperative societies?By combining stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human emotions. Born to Be Goodis a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another.
'A new examination of the surprising origins of human goodness.\n
"A landmark book in the science of emotions and its implications for ethics and human universals."--, starred review
In this startling study of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered question of human evolution: If humans are hardwired to lead lives that are "nasty, brutish, and short," why have we evolved with positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and cooperative societies? Illustrated with more than fifty photographs of human emotions, takes us on a journey through scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy. Positive emotions, Keltner finds, lie at the core of human nature and shape our everyday behavior--and they just may be the key to understanding how we can live our lives better.
About the Author
Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, director of the Greater Good Science Center, and co-editor of Greater Good magazine. His research focuses on pro-social emotions, power, and moral reasoning. He is the author of Born to Be Good.
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