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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If you really want to read this, read the first chapter and the three I’ve cited and forget the rest. Although some chapter did drag. Apr 05, David rated it liked it. Keltner doesn’t believe we are happy when we act that way, and he thinks he has the science to prove it. Eat your heart out Hobbes. I instead received a chapter on the evolutionary and neurological basis for embarrassment.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Want to Read saving…. These are people who know facial expressions like DaVinci knew anatomy, and for not entirely dissimilar reasons.

His research kfltner on the prosocial emotions such as love, sympathy, and gratitudemorality, and power. Although I was lured in by the promise of learning about human’s innate goodness something I do not actually believe but was hoping for insightinstead I quickly became bored with facial patterns. If you support the Greater Good by December 31, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. The first three chapters are somewhat startling and encouraging, and Keltner riffs on the idea that humans are not born selfish.


It’s like messages from my past self. Another good book about how being good can pay off.

I put this in more of a free-wheelin self-help category ver This book title is really misleading. Also, I was disappointed that Keltner did not cite some other sources that would help make his point even stronger.

The Darwinian rants kfltner longwinded “histories” of smiles and teasing was still boring. Jul 09, Unwisely rated it liked it Shelves: Selected pages Title Page.

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.

May 19, Melanie rated it liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

This book had a lot of interesting parts, enough that I will keep it as a reference, but a bit too detailed scientifically for me right now.

Born to Be Good

Return to Book Page. Born to Be Good: However, I just magically happen to be a psychology PhD student.

Daacher 10, Matthew rated it really liked it. Compassion does keltnwr render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers but individuals who will take on the pain of others, even when given the chance to skip out on such difficult action or in anonymous conditions. 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.


Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner

dzcher In any other circumstance, I think the long scientific rants would have made me close the book. Lists with This Book. Aug 13, Keats Snideman marked it as to-read.

Instead, compassion is exquisitely attuned to harm and vulnerability in others. This takes us off on a tour of the human expressions and emotions: Which sounds kinda “Well, DUH!

One of the researchers he worked with is able to roll his eyebrows in a wave from side to side. These chapters all contained lengthy discussions and details about tiny facial movements and how to distinguish between genuine ksltner false smiles.

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. Keltner’s basic thesis, which he builds up through all of the studies done on all of these basic emotional states, is this: