I thought I’d change things up for this week’s feature video, seeing as I usually post something funny. Today I want to share something posted via Fig.1 by The University of California, which delves into the neuroscience behind kindness. This gives a rounded challenge to the term ‘survival of the fittest’, as well as a psychological understanding of why we do certain things and hold certain attitudes.
What you’ll hopefully glean from this post, is that kindness doesn’t stem from a social pressure to be nice, there are deeper and more innate motivations to do so.
From the video:
Greed is good. War is inevitable. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.
Please watch, I found this enlightening and I hope you do too. 😀
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Preston L. BannisterFebruary 15, 2015 - 6:26 pm ·
The Tending Instinct: Women, Men, and the Biology of Nurturing [Kindle Edition]
Shelley E. Taylor (Author)
She gave a lecture at UCI a few years ago, and as a result I bought her book. Very much along the same line.
Katerina SimmsFebruary 18, 2015 - 9:46 pm ·
Thanks for the link Preston, this looks very interesting!