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The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodnessby Dacher Keltner
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In these pages you will hear from Steven Pinker, who asks, "Why is there peace?"; Robert Sapolsky, who examines violence among primates; Paul Ekman, who talks with the Dalai Lama about global compassion; Daniel Goleman, who proposes "constructive anger"; and many others. Led by renowned psychologist Dacher Keltner, the Greater Good Science Center, based at the University of California in Berkeley, has been at the forefront of the positive psychology movement, making discoveries about how and why people do good. Four times a year the center publishes its findings with essays on forgiveness, moral inspiration, and everyday ethics in magazine. The best of these writings are collected here for the first time. A collection of personal stories and empirical research, will make you think not only about what it means to be happy and fulfilled but also about what it means to lead an ethical and compassionate life.
Book News Annotation:
In introducing this collection of 34 essays from Greater Good magazine, Keltner (cofounder, Greater Good Science Center; psychology, U. of California, Berkeley) and editors of the magazine note the revolution in the scientific perception of humans as innately altruistic and trusting rather than selfish and aggressive. Authors and interviewees include noted social scientists, authors, policymakers, and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Leading scientists and science writers reflect on the life-changing, perspective-changing, new science of human goodness.
About the Author
Dacher Keltneris a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, director of the Greater Good Science Center, and coeditor of Greater Goodmagazine. His research focuses on pro-social emotions, power, and moral reasoning.
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