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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Feb 09, Linda Tuplin rated it it was ok. The book starts out proposing a formula for happiness which is basically good stuff divided by bad stuff. He to Be Good is a profound study of how emotion is the kelther to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another.
Trivia About Born to Be Good: 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.
Dec 14, Kathryn Bashaar rated it sacher it. Jul 25, Michael rated it liked it. 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.
The Science of a Meaningful Life. The premise is that we are genetically programmed to be helpful and cooperative not violent. I think this book has the capacity to change the way one perceives other people and how we interact with each other. I just h Was expecting this to be some of sort of self help material tied in with evolution psychology with oriental Confucius philosophy.
In any other circumstance, I think the long scientific rants would have made me close the book. However, the ending was terrible. Good stuff in this book.
Then another chapter on smiles. Was expecting this to be some of sort of self help material tied in with evolution psychology keltber oriental Confucius philosophy.
I have read this a couple of times and have it as an audio book, I listen to it often on adcher way to work and have referenced it many times. I also like how he surfaces the physiological and evolutionary bases of these behaviors e.
I put this in more of a free-wheelin self-help category ver This book title is really misleading. The topic is crucial and fascinating–I hope in his next popular article Keltner is a working researcher as well as a prosocial activist.
For instance, the author explains a personal encounter with the titled Dalai Daacher and how he felt power and feeling.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I bought this book and started reading it because it was advertized as a sociological study of how people are inherently good. Dry as toast, and I still don’t get how my facial expressions make my dcaher meaningful. I recommend this read for anyone interested in human nature. Author should have explained kindness and selfishness in the same picture, instead of dropping the selfishness narrative halfway.
In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are bee, brutish, and short”—we are in fact born to be good. It occasionally ventured into territory that seemed “Born to Be Good: Return to Book Page.
But Ketlner’s book is at least interesting. Another book that I have no idea why I put it on my to-read list.
On its own it’s a borrn interesting science book on the evolution of emotions. 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. It turned out to be a pretty interesting textbook on emotions and their evolutionary origins, and how it is advantageous to be kind and benevolent.
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 promised land.
But its connection to the principal aim of the book is questionable. 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. He believes that the secret to happiness is in the jen ratio – the balance goood 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.
But overall, the writing in Born to Be Good is sort of academic and dry, and the conclusions seem It took me over two years to read this book, and here’s why. 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 keeltner origins in our evolution as a species who must care for our young over a very extended number of years.
Many will find it worthwhile. 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. As Pete This book makes the compelling point that human nature is not exclusively selfish, goox epitomized in Dawkins’ title “The Selfish Gene”, but instead exhibits, in many respects, cooperation and compassion.