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Dacher Keltner on positive emotion and living a good life

Posted Nov 09 2009 10:00pm

Dacher Keltner (PhD in Social Psychology, Stanford University) has worked with Paul Ekman, and is now a professor in U.C. Berkeley’s Psychology Department.

Here are the Youtube notes from the following video :

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.

From notes for his Shrink Rap Radio podcast interview:

Dacher’s research focuses on two time-honored questions. A first is the biological and evolutionary origins of human goodness, with a special concentration on compassion, awe, love, and beauty. A second is the study of power, status and social class, and the nature of moral intuitions.

Among other events, he did a Greater Good Science Center seminar in Los Angeles on 9/10/09 with Sonja Lyubomirsky, “Why to Be Good, How to Be Happy.”

Book: Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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