#374. The Evolutionary Case for Kindness | Dacher Keltner
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Here’s a question: Is there an evolutionary advantage to being kind?
Our guest today is Dacher Keltner, an eminent scientist who will make the case that, contrary to popular conceptions of evolution (dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest), and contrary to a lot of what we see on the news, our species is actually uniquely wired for kindness and compassion.
Dacher Keltner is the Director of the Social Interaction Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, the Faculty Director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and the author of a book Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life.
In this episode, we talk about Darwin’s perspective on human sympathy and selfishness, where he stands on the question of Original Sin versus Buddha Nature, the importance of touch when it comes to communicating compassion, and the relationship between teasing and kindness.
We are bringing you this Ten Percent Happier podcast series in collaboration with the Apple TV+ Original Series Ted Lasso because kindness is a huge theme in the show, and there are many practical lessons embedded right in the plot.
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Where to find Dacher Keltner online:
Website: Berkeley Psychology, University of California
Book Mentioned: Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
Other Resources Mentioned:
- The Science of Happiness podcast
- Greater Good Magazine: Science-Based Insights For A Meaningful Life
- Greater Good in Education: Science-Based Practices for Kinder, Happier Schools
- Jerry Colonnaode
- TPH Episode: The Scientific Case for Self-Compassion | Chris Germer
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