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The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

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In these pages you will hear from Steven Pinker, who asks, “Why is there peace?”; Robert Sapolsky, who examines violence among primates; Paul Ekman, who talks with the Dalai Lama about global compassion; Daniel Goleman, who proposes “constructive anger”; and many others. Led by renowned psychologist Dacher Keltner, the Greater Good Science Center, based at the University o ...more
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Published January 4th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Shel
A collection of 35 scholarly essays from Greater Good Magazine, greatergoodmag.org, a product of the Greater Good Science Center, at the University of Berkeley a "...research center devoted to the scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior."

Part One: The Scientific Roots of Human Goodness
The good news:
•Science says it's in the nature of humans to be kind.
•We can learn to respond in more compassionate ways.
Notable: "Hope on the Ba
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Volkan
I feel very lucky to be exposed to the ideas I found in this book. It's nothing less than a scientific examination of altruism, heroism and human virtue. None of the ideas are new ––if you've read The Lord of the Rings, you know them by heart already –– but what is new is the authors' exacting search for the scientific basis of these behaviors. In doing so, the authors form coherent arguments to contradict many of the cynical assumptions about the human nature, from the effectiveness of Machiave ...more
Sally
A collection of articles reporting on scientific evidence for human beings having compassionate instincts, as a counterwight to the usual emphasis on inborn agression and hostility. Some are most concerned with the scientific findings, others with ways to cultivate human goodness individually and culturally. 3-1/2 stars.
Lynn Crothers
This book is a compilation of essays taken from Greater Good magazine, which is a product of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center (a place I find really intriguing). Sometimes the topics can seem repetitive, but the whole thing is littered with little life-changing ideas and facts. It's absolutely worth a read.
Kevin McAllister
Elvis Costello once posed the question what's so funny 'bout peace love and understanding. After reading The Compassionate Instinct I can't help but wonder why isn't there more peace love and understanding
Briana
Amazing read of short ideas that come together to give hope in the character & values of humans in ways maybe not considered before. Very fascinating ideas!
Brett
Some really goood essays. I jumped around a bit, but the things I read were very insightful.
Linda
some personal stories some research about what it means to be empathic, compassionate and ethical
Lisa
Great read. Just finished it!
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Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, director of the Greater Good Science Center, and coeditor of Greater Good magazine. His research focuses on pro-social emotions, power, and moral reasoning."
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