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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But its connection to the principal aim of the book is questionable. If you really want to read this, read the first chapter and the three I’ve cited and forget the rest. Eat your heart out Hobbes. If you support the Greater Good by December 31, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
The book leaves the reader in a state of bliss. As interesting as the research is, the book still vacher like a lecture; not really entertaining.
It’s an important book with important messages, just disappointingly uninteresting most of the time. But once I accepted this was a psychology book and turned on my “work” brain, I really enjoyed it. Jul 31, Marissa Morrison rated it really liked it. Mar 10, Steve Baru rated it really liked it. Apr 24, Jools rated it really liked it. Born to Be Good: However, the ending was terrible.
He would make a great guest on Oprah. May 19, Melanie rated it liked it.
Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
Apr 06, Mark Flanagan rated it liked it Recommended to Mark by: As Peter Singer has noted, “But over history the circle has expanded Some of it gets a little dry and boring, but it is very uplifting to read of biological evidence of how “fearfully and wonderfully made” we are not only as physical beings but as loving beings.
I have cited Kagan in both my MA and PhD theses, and the deeper understanding of vagal tone was much appreciated. Quotes from Born to Be Good: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aug 23, Kurtbg rated it did not like it Shelves: His concept of the ‘ja ratio’, in essence that the good we do fosters changes not only in our life but biologically is tremendously thought provoking and encouraging.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Another good book about how being good can pay off. His footnotes are a treasure chest. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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The 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 very extended number of years. You can follow him on Twitter! His research focuses on the prosocial emotions such as love, sympathy, and gratitudemorality, and power.
The topic is crucial and fascinating–I hope in his next popular article Keltner is a working researcher as well as a prosocial activist.
A very enjoyable read. 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.
That the evolutionary process has born out the traits of cooperation and compassion because they are what is most advantageous for our survival. Given the wonderful introductory chapter, this was a definite let down. And if you are not a PhD student in psychology, keltnrr the entire book is likely going to be boring.
Political history says human nature is born of competition and self interest or survival of the fittest but Born to Be Good tells us the Scientific evidence behind why we are wired to be good. Mar 26, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: