Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
“A landmark book in the science of emotions and its implications for ethics and human universals.”—Library Journal, starred reviewIn this startling study of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered question of human evolution: If humans are hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short,” why have we evolved with positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and cooperative societies? Illustrated with more than fifty photographs of human emotions, Born to Be Good takes us on a journey through scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy. Positive emotions, Keltner finds, lie at the core of human nature and shape our everyday behavior—and they just may be the key to understanding how we can live our lives better. Some images in this ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - keely_chace - LibraryThing
Keltner has some good things to say. He makes some points that tend to renew one's faith in humanity. But overall, the writing in Born to Be Good is sort of academic and dry, and the conclusions seem ... Read full review