The Altruistic Brain: How We Are Naturally Good (2020)

The Altruistic Brain: How We Are Naturally Good Donald W. Pfaff The Altruistic Brain How We Are Naturally Good Since the beginning of recorded history law and religion have provided rules that define good behavior When we obey such rules we assign to some external authority the capacity to determine how we s
  • Title: The Altruistic Brain: How We Are Naturally Good
  • Author: Donald W. Pfaff
  • ISBN: 9780199377466
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
The Altruistic Brain: How We Are Naturally Good Donald W. Pfaff Since the beginning of recorded history, law and religion have provided rules that define good behavior When we obey such rules, we assign to some external authority the capacity to determine how we should act Even anarchists recognize the existence of a choice as to whether or not to obey, since no one has seriously doubted that the source of social order resides in oSince the beginning of recorded history, law and religion have provided rules that define good behavior When we obey such rules, we assign to some external authority the capacity to determine how we should act Even anarchists recognize the existence of a choice as to whether or not to obey, since no one has seriously doubted that the source of social order resides in our vast ethical systems Debate has focused only on whose system is best, never for an instant imagining that law, religion, or some philosophical permutation of either was not the basis of prosocial action The only divergence from this uniform understanding of human society has come from the behavioral sciences, which cite various biological bases for human goodness Putting aside both ancient and relatively modern ethical systems, neuroscientists, psychologists, and evolutionary biologists have started a revolution profound than any anarchist ever dreamed of In essence, these researchers argue that the source of good human behavior of the benevolence that we associate with the highest religious teachings emanates from our physical make up Our brains, hormones, and genes literally embody our social compasses In The Altruistic Brain, renowned neuroscientist Donald Pfaff provides the latest, most far reaching argument in support of this revolution, explaining in exquisite detail how our neuroanatomical structure favors kindness towards others Unlike any other study in its field, The Altruistic Brain synthesizes all the most important research into how and why at a purely physical level humans empathize with one another and respond altruistically It demonstrates that human beings are wired to behave altruistically in the first instance, such that unprompted, spontaneous kindness is our default behavior such behavior comes naturally, irrespective of religious or cultural determinants Based on his own research and that of some of the world s most em
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One thought on “The Altruistic Brain: How We Are Naturally Good

  1. GONZA

    To consider the human being intrinsically good is not a new subject, again with the help of the neuroscience and of mirror neurons the author justifies his theories which, though often, do not stand the test of facts However the idea of a altruistic brain is fascinating and certainly will be continued in the current research, or at last, I hope so.Quello di considerare l essere umano intrinsecamente buono non un discorso nuovissimo, anche stavolta con l aiuto delle neuroscienze e dei neuroni spe [...]

  2. Pam Thomas

    The altruistic brain theory removes obstacles to good behavior, changes your perception of how we see ourselves What our limits to altruistic motivation, theories from eminent sociologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and biologists who all have theories Its about interplay between nurture in the brain around a mosaic of factors that make us human and why we act morally , a fascinating book and well worth a read.

  3. Daniel Casey

    neuroscience can be annoying when it attempts philosophy, this is not that I would love to see this work linked up with contemporary philosophy of the mind then run through the work of proper moral philosophers but that s a grad student s job reading this alongside Randall Collins work Violence A Micro Sociological Theory would be fruitful

  4. Anne-marie Branch

    Read this book along with 4 others about altruism, as I wanted to understand the underlying reasons that people donate to charities I found the scope of discussion in the various chapters interesting Not sure all of them were 100% convincing Appreciate the further reading sections Would have been worthwhile for the author to discuss chemicals that drive behavior, the stars of the show, in detail, with photos and or charts.

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