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Who Are We?

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.

In Search of Happiness

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.

Spiritual Evolution

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.

Born To Be Good

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?

"Psychology of the Future" with Stanislav Grof

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.

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