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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Was expecting this to be some of sort of self help material tied in with evolution psychology with oriental Confucius philosophy. I almost didn’t get past the first chapter, because it was sort of bizarre. However, I just magically happen to be a psychology PhD student. Rather than reading it with a feeling of tension, a mix of excitement and dread, reading “Born to Be Good” was light, optimistic, and reassuring. That’s the power of belief. The book starts out proposing a formula for happiness which is basically good stuff divided by bad stuff.
Dec 14, Kathryn Bashaar rated it liked it.
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Quotes from Born to Be Good: Keltner’s work began with studying, in what to me would be mind-numbing detail, facial expressions. Dcher its connection to the principal aim of the book is questionable. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: Author should have explained kindness and selfishness in the same picture, instead of dropping the selfishness narrative halfway.
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Sep 01, JY Tan rated it liked it Shelves: Building on the work of a prior generation of researchers, he learned how to use the Facial Action Coding System FACSwhich is essentially the full catalog of all the muscle movements possible in the human face. There are much better accounts of our evolutionary nature than this, including Michael Shermer’s Science of Good and Evil and anything by Steven Pinker.
Although some chapter did drag. Dacher Keltner’s “Born to Be Good” is in a whole different world, emotionally, than what you see in the daily news. Aug 23, Kurtbg rated it did not like it Shelves: He would make a great guest on Oprah. I enjoyed the details about the different ways in which facial expressions communicate and spread good feelings.
Jul 09, Unwisely rated it liked it Shelves: I recommend this read for anyone interested in human nature.
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Then another chapter on smiles.
At some points, you completely forgot you were supposedly reading a book about why people are good – it felt like a psychology textbook on emotional development. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For instance, the author explains a personal encounter with the titled Dalai Lama and how he felt power and feeling.
Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
I inste I bought this book and started reading it because it was advertized as a sociological study of how people are inherently good.
Many will find it worthwhile. By ke,tner In Born to Be GoodDacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short”—we are in fact born to be good.
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The Science of a Meaningful Life Norton paperback. If you support the Greater Good by December 31, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Keltneer author, a professor at UC Berkeley, explains how he and his students and other researchers are demonstrating that positive emotions and behavior such as smiling, touching, and caring for others, are biologically based and have their origins in our evolution as a species who must care for our young over a god extended number of years.
Eat your heart out Hobbes. Fascinating stuff about the evolution of positive emotions and behaviors – why we laugh, smile, touch; how dance evolved; what our minute facial movements really mean – Darwin shows dacyer, as does the Dalai Lama.
A very enjoyable read.
Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner
I have cited Kagan in both my MA and PhD theses, and the kelgner understanding of vagal tone was much appreciated. By Jason Marsh November 20, Dry as toast, and I still don’t get how my facial expressions make my life meaningful.
Unfortunately, the book loses steam about midway through, and the ideas are not nearly as fresh. I would wager it comes from the self and the object DL, celebrity, etc is just an affect image on which we project ideas.
Dec 10, Matthew rated it really liked it.
Hardcoverpages. The book explores the gamut of emotions and facial expressions and how they relate to the evolution of human society. Goox does not render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers but individuals who will bogn on the pain of others, even when given the chance to skip out on such difficult action or in anonymous conditions.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. His research focuses on the prosocial emotions such as dache, sympathy, and gratitudemorality, and power. 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 often done by himself personally to test his assertions.