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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Quotes from Born to Be Good: As Peter Singer has noted, “But over history the circle has expanded Return to Book Page. Unfortunately, the book loses steam about midway through, and the ideas are not nearly as fresh.

Unfort The first three chapters are somewhat startling and encouraging, and Keltner riffs on the idea that humans are not born selfish. Another book that I have no idea why I put it on my to-read list. Eat your heart out Hobbes. Although some chapter did drag. Other chapter were a little dull and I found them hard to push through.

It turned out horn be a pretty interesting textbook on emotions and their evolutionary origins, and how it is advantageous to be kind and benevolent. The valuable information is that a person has control of their state which is based on belief. The final chapters were on love, compassion and awe. I guess the whole jen thing was supposed to be a frame, but it didn’t seem to tie anything together.

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.


By com 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. 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 up, as does the Dalai Lama.

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. Hardcoverpages. He makes some points that tend to renew one’s faith in humanity.

On its own it’s a moderately interesting science book on the evolution of emotions. Aug 13, Keats Snideman marked it as to-read.

Born to Be Good

Born to be Good: Oct 03, Mahala Helf rated it liked it. In any other circumstance, I think the long scientific rants would have made me close the book. I put this in more of a free-wheelin self-help category versus a scientific and open approach to meaning and science. For instance, the author explains a personal encounter with the titled Dalai Lama and how he felt power and feeling.

The entire book is a smiling, good-natured but ultimately total rejection of the theory of Homo Economicus, the theorized individual of neoclassical economics that is primarily rational and self-interested.

Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life – Dacher Keltner – Google Books

I liked it, but is science so not necessarily an easy read. Aug 23, Kurtbg rated it did not like it Shelves: I put tl in more of a free-wheelin self-help category ver This book title is really misleading. The Science of a Meaningful Life. Open Preview See a Problem? A refreshing change from the dismal 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 yood awe.


Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. May 06, Ann rated it liked it. This takes us off on a tour of the human expressions and emotions: The first chapter was amazing and I thought I was going to read a boo about Buddhist philosophy, or media analyses, or a sociological critique that we’re all motivated for good. Born to Be Good: Mar 18, Rossdavidh rated it liked it Shelves: By Jason Marsh November 20, About the Author Follow. Other editions – View all Born to Be Good: It was also good to learn about the vagus nerve, how men and women communicate differently through touch, sacher how encountering the Dalai Lama makes people feel ne for days.

Barbara Oakley’s Evil Genes also gives a different perspective. 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 like how he relates the behaviors and emotions of being “good” to evolutionary sciene he has chapters on embarrasment, laughter, kissing, smiling, to Got this book, because I listened to Keltner’s lectures on emotions to psych majors at Berkeley and found them fascinating.

It was very enlightening even though it catered to the sentiments of people with belief, the science remains to be proof of goo evolutionary need to be good regardless of whether or not it will lead us to a fictitious promised land.