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Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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In , 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. is 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.

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A new examination of the surprising origins of human goodness.

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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,Born to Be Goodtakes 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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393065121
Subtitle:
The Science of a Meaningful Life
Author:
Keltner, Dacher
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Cooperation
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Good & Evil
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090112
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 photographs
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 in 1.35 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A new examination of the surprising origins of human goodness.
"Synopsis" by , 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,Born to Be Goodtakes 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.
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