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Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a Professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. A renowned expert in the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotion, Dr. Keltner studies the science of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and how emotions shape our moral intuition. His research interests also span issues of power, status, inequality, and social class. He is the author of the best-selling book, Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and The Compassionate Instinct, both published by WW Norton, and has written over 120 scientific articles, as well as pieces in the New York Times Magazine, The London Times, and Utne Reader. He is executive editor of the on-line magazine, Greater Good, published by the Greater Good Science Center, and his research has been widely featured in TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, the BBC, CNN, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal.


Dr. Keltner was invited twice by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to present his research as part of a forum between scientists and His Holiness on the nature of compassion. The Utne Reader recently selected Dacher as one of the fifty visionaries of 2008.

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