Featuring speakers Paul Ekman, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, UC San Francisco and Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley.
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Paul Ekman was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Adelphi University (1958), after a one year internship at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute. After two years as a Clinical Psychology Officer in the U.S. Army, he returned to Langley Porter where he worked from 1960 to 2004. His research on facial expression and body movement began in 1954, as the subject of his Master’s thesis in 1955 and his first publication in 1957. In his early work, his approach to nonverbal behavior showed his training in personality. Over the next decade, a social psychological and cross-cultural emphasis characterized his work, with a growing interest in an evolutionary and semiotic frame of reference. In addition to his basic research on emotion and its expression, he has, for the last thirty years, also been studying deceit.
Currently, he is the Manager of the Paul Ekman Group, LLC (PEG), a small company that produces training devices relevant to emotional skills, and is initiating new research relevant to national security and law enforcement.
In 1971, he received a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health; that Award has been renewed in 1976, 1981, 1987, 1991, and 1997. His research was supported by fellowships, grants and awards from the National Institute of Mental Health for over forty years.
Articles reporting on Dr. Ekman’s work have appeared in Time Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine,Psychology Today,The New Yorker and others, both American and foreign. Numerous articles about his work have also appeared in the New York Times,Washington Post and other national newspapers.
He has appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Larry King, Oprah, Johnny Carson and many other TV programs. He has also been featured on various public television programs such as News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and Bill Moyers’ The Truth About Lying.
Ekman is co-author of Emotion in the Human Face (1971), Unmasking the Face (1975), Facial Action Coding System (1978), editor of Darwin and Facial Expression (1973), co-editor of Handbook of Methods in Nonverbal Behavior Research (1982), Approaches to Emotion (1984), The Nature of Emotion (1994), What the Face Reveals (1997), and author of Face of Man(1980), Telling Lies (1985, paperback, 1986, second edition, 1992, third edition, 2001, 4th edition 2008), Why Kids Lie (1989, paperback 1991), Emotions Revealed (2003), New Edition (2009) Telling Lies,Dalai Lama-Emotional Awareness (2008) and New Edition Emotions Revealed (2007). He is the editor of the third edition (1998) and the fourth edition (2009) of Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1998). He has published more than 100 articles.
Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, is a social psychologist who focuses on the prosocial emotions, such as love, sympathy and gratitude, and processes such as teasing and flirtation that enhance bonds.
He has conducted empirical studies in three areas of inquiry. A first looks at the determinant and effects of power, hierarchy and social class. A second in concerned with the morality of everyday life, and how we negotiate moral truths in teasing, gossip, and other reputational matters. A third and primary focus in on the biological and evolutionary basis of the benevolent affects, including compassion, awe, love, gratitude, and laughter and modesty.
Professor Keltner is Co-Director of The Greater Good Science Center.
Theory of the evolutionary mechanism proposed by Charles Darwin as an explanation of organic change. It denotes Darwin's specific view of how evolution works. Darwin developed the concept that evolution is brought about by the interplay of three principles: variation (present in all forms of life), heredity (the force that transmits similar organic form from one generation to another), and the struggle for existence (which determines the variations that will be advantageous in a given environment, thus altering the species through selective reproduction). Present knowledge of the genetic basis of inheritance has contributed to scientists' understanding of the mechanisms behind Darwin's ideas, in a theory known as neo-Darwinism.
@wsoutherland Who is this us you keep talking about? It seems like a perspective from one developed country which is only a small part compared to the whole world. Resources on this one planet we currently live on are limited and not one single country can have the monopoly or bigger percentage than needed for the population's well being. Second we are one species that should be united because only united can we tackle the problems that will eventually arise.
@Sarah999 Genes themselves do not guarantee that person will be selfish, charitable or any other kind of characteristic that we could label good or bad. It is the environment that causes certain genes to activate. And since main part of our environment is created by our social currents thus the society as a whole in a general way puts a frame in which a person will most likely develop. For example in capitalistic society we see what kind of people succeed, and I personally don't like it as it is centered on acquiring materialism.
Thus I believe, nay I know, that we as a world society not divided by boundaries, language and cultural barriers or worse color of the skin but united with a common goal, a clear idea for the future, development and exploration of the universe within and universe outside could create a society that would promote kindness, respect, and love of our fellow human beings.
PS. Yes it sounds like NWO but they are blinding you with those ideas while setting up a system of total control
IMHO compassion is inherited and it is NOT true that familial compassion is a given.
With more and more people in the US especially being successfully narcissistic, selfish, manipulative & charming enough to procreate, and full of hate and anger for anyone that gets in their way (including family) . . we are creating an ever greater population of people that are that way also. It succeeds in our culture to be that way! Narcissism, psychopathy, sociopathy etc. works . . Look around!
and as long as it succeeds . . we will generate more and more people like that . . and that is what is happening . . regrettably.
The reason we don't have global compassion is because we struggle to control resources. As our populations rise it is inevitable that resource become strained. If it were not for human conflicts, we would not have technology.
That said, we are in a unique place in history where, thanks to technology, most essential resources are plentiful. We share our technology with the rest of the world at some risk that it will be used against us one day with the hope that it will engender good will and help us solve more pressing problems.
It makes sense that nature would statistically limit overly heroic or globally altruistic emotions.