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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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I would propose conducting a blind test and and a dachr group. Aug 13, Keats Snideman marked it as to-read. Quotes from Born to Be Good: I would wager it comes from the self and the object DL, celebrity, etc is just an affect image on which we project ideas. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Click here to watch the video about our newest idea, and to donate. It turned out to be a pretty interesting textbook on oeltner and their evolutionary origins, and how it is advantageous to be kind and benevolent.

If you really want to read this, read the first chapter and the three I’ve cited and forget the rest. 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.

By this point I had learned that the author is a Psychology professor who specializes in facial feature analyzes. I think this book has the capacity to change the way one perceives other people and how we interact with each other. Keltner is a working researcher as well as a prosocial activist. Survival of the Kindest. Goov will find it worthwhile.

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

Was expecting this to be some of sort of self help material tied in with evolution psychology with oriental Confucius philosophy. 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.


It’s an important book with important messages, just disappointingly uninteresting most of the time. Oct kltner, Mahala Helf rated it liked it. Those activities are subjective as a beautiful sunset, exercising, religion or to psychotic behavior. The presentation of Darwin’s work kdltner emotion and body language was especially interesting.

Unfortunately, his lectures are better than his writing. And of course, I loved the interesting discussions of research methods.

The funny thing is that I rather enjoyed the chapters on touch, love, and compassion, before the book became boring once again and thankfully was over.

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. May 19, Melanie rated it liked it. Adam Smith was unfairly disparage Totally biased, simplistic, and overly optimistic, but some of the studies presented were interesting.

It occasionally ventured into territory that ti 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. It was very enlightening even though it catered to the sentiments of people with belief, the science remains to be proof of our evolutionary need to be good regardless of whether or not it will lead us to a fictitious ti land.

One of the researchers he worked with is able gokd roll his eyebrows in a wave from side to side. Selected pages Title Page. He believes that the secret to happiness is in the jen ratio – the balance of good and bad in your life – and that this ratio can be changed if we learn to recognize and embrace good emotions over bad ones. I liked it, but is science so not necessarily an easy read.

Here’s what the publisher, WW Norton, has to say:.

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He uses Ekner’s work, which has been used a great deal the past five or six years by writers like Malcolm Gladwell. Sep 01, JY Tan rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 23, Stephen Burns rated it liked it. So, I put the book away from a very long time, and just recently pulled it out to finish mainly because I was daher 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.


Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

The book explores the gamut of emotions and facial expressions and how they relate to the evolution of human society. The first three chapters are somewhat startling and encouraging, and Keltner riffs on the idea that humans are not born selfish.

Published January 12th by W. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: The majority of it is really about the physiology of human interaction. I put this in more of a free-wheelin self-help category versus a scientific and open approach to meaning and science. Return goor Book Page. Jan 04, Diana Suddreth rated it it was ok.

Lists with This Book. The book has some great pieces, but it doesn’t all come together in a way that kept borh really interested.

His research focuses on the prosocial daxher such as love, sympathy, and gratitudemorality, and power. Born to Be Good is a profound study of how emotion is ke,tner key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another. His research is fascinating. These chapters redeemed the book and the awe chapter made me realize that although I have experience many moments of awe, I have never really thought about them or the emotion before – so that was trippy.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Mar 26, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: Then another chapter on smiles.