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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The topic is crucial and fascinating–I hope in his next popular article or book he shares the reactions of current scientists to his research and theories. Mar 15, Vicki rated it it was ok Shelves: About keeltner Author Follow. 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.
I instead received a chapter on the evolutionary and neurological basis for embarrassment. Another book that I have no idea why I put it on my to-read list. 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. Jan 19, Carrie rated it really liked it.
The presentation of Darwin’s work with emotion and body language was especially interesting. Feb 09, Mary rated it it was amazing. Apr 06, Mark Flanagan rated it liked it Recommended to Mark by: The kindness, sacrifice, and jen that make up healthy communities are rooted in a bundle of nerves that has been producing caretaking behavior for over million years of mammalian evolution.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. May 24, Stephen Lewis rated it it was amazing. Keltner’s work began with studying, in what to me would be mind-numbing detail, facial expressions.
Barbara Oakley’s Evil Genes also gives a different perspective. Mind you this is very interesting material. Born to Be Good 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. These chapters all contained lengthy discussions and details about tiny facial movements and how to distinguish between genuine and false smiles. The minuses of the book include: Lists with This Book. Aug 27, Lynn rated it it was ok.
Although I was lured in by the promise of learning about human’s innate goodness something I do not actually believe but was hoping for insightinstead I quickly became bored with facial patterns.
Apr 24, Jools rated it really liked it. He makes some points that tend to renew one’s faith in humanity. I think this book has the capacity to change the way one perceives other people and how we interact with each other. Aug 23, Kurtbg rated it did not like it Shelves: Instead, compassion is exquisitely attuned to harm and vulnerability in others. May 19, Melanie rated it liked it.
Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life – Dacher Keltner – Google Books
So, I put the book away from a very long time, and just recently pulled it out to finish mainly because I was working on my book challenge and needed to finish something to count. 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.
Dacher Keltner’s “Born to Be Good” is in a whole different world, emotionally, than what you see in the daily news. Robert Wright’s book “Nonzero” comes to mind in particular — Wright argues that the extension of humankind’s cooperative circle is based in mathematical game theory, and is the basis of gokd civilization.
I inste I bought this book and started reading it because it was advertized as a sociological study of how people are inherently good.
Born to Be Good
If you support the Greater Good by December 31, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. It was very enlightenin Religious history tells us that we are born of original sin and we need the help of a supreme being to help us be good and find salvation.
Trivia About Born to Be Good: I also like how he surfaces the physiological and evolutionary bases of these behaviors e. The Science of a Meaningful Life Norton paperback. A refreshing change from the dxcher topics usually focussed on in the study of psychopathology, Keltner takes us through the cutting edge science on the more redeeming human instincts which underlie gratitude, laughter, embarassment, love compassion and awe.
The premise is that we are genetically programmed to be helpful and cooperative not violent.