Aggression and conflict in the quest for survival are jeopardizing our common future. Preston suggests that one way out is through mindfulness and detachment from the ego.
This pioneering psychologist-scientist in the study of child development concludes that nature needs nurture to nourish our inherent capacities for humane behavior.
In this short excerpt from his new book, the renowned primatologist shows that humans have as much in common with the conciliatory bonobo as with the bloodthirsty chimpanzee.
Our loss of deep intimacy with the natural world has had a devastating impact on human flourishing, perpetuating a vicious cycle of personal violence and ecological destruction. Restoring a felt sense of interconnectedness will heal the pain and return us to our intrinsic state of wholeness.
There has been an unprecedented explosion of interest in the pursuit of happiness. What are scientists learning? Is the quest for happiness appropriate and useful in a time of global instability? What’s missing from the discussion, and where is this quest taking us? Its pursuit is more—and less—complicated than we think.
In our current era of holy terror, passionate faith has come to seem like a present danger. Writers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens have been happy to throw the baby out with the bathwater and declare that the danger is in religion itself. God, Hitchens writes, is not great.
Despite significant evidence that something unusual has been going on in the skies above planet Earth, serious investigation remains taboo. The result: far more questions than answers. Like psi phenomena, the topic of UFOs provides a litmus test for what we think we know—or want to.
A new examination of the surprising origins of human goodness. 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?
In the last five decades, psychedelic therapy and other avenues of modern consciousness research have revealed a rich array of “anomalous” phenomena that have undermined some of the most basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy concerning consciousness and the human psyche in health and disease. Many of these observations are so radical that they question the basic philosophical assumptions of materialistic science.