Sunday, January 09, 2011 - Science Saturday: The Sympathetic Species

This is a very cool discussion between Robert Wright (author of the outstanding book, The Evolution of God) and Dacher Keltner of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life.

About Born to Be Good (from Amazon):
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. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and are the fabric of cooperative societies?

By combining stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human emotions. 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.

Keltner also co-edited the excellent collection, The Compassionate Instinct, papers originally written for and published in Greater Good Magazine.

Dacher’s book, “Born To Be Good”
The Greater Good Science Center

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