The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness by Dacher Keltner Download (read online) free eBook

The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

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

May 14, 2013

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it was amazing


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 Machiav

Do yourself a favor and pick it up for someone you love. It’s probably the best book of essays I read this year.


Apr 19, 2014

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it was ok

As much as I learned and was inspired by some, there were others that bored me to tears or didn’t have enough substance. I wish citations had been used to add more credibility to the essays.

Essays worth reading: Hope on the Battlefield; Pay It Forward; Love, Honor, and Thank; Are You a Jerk at Work? ; The Power Paradox

…all in all, made me reflect about gratitude and incorporate it into everyday ritual.