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424 – Dacher Keltner (Psychology Researcher/Author)

By June 19, 20204 Comments

Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, where he directs the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab. He is also the founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. and host of the podcast The Science of Happiness. He is the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence (2017), Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, (2009) and a slew of academic books and scientific articles.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Into the Country” by Three Dog Night; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.


  • Fantastic conversation. The three of you need to hang out IRL once this crisis is ameliorated –not gonna say ‘over’ because I doubt things will ever get back to normal again. Then again, us weirdos never cared much about what is considered to be ‘normality’ 😉

    It also reminded me of one of the phrases in one of my favorite movies: “Death is the Road to Awe.”

    • Brandon says:

      I love ‘the Fountain’. Darren Aronofsky originally had Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as the leads, and had double the budget. He still went over budget, and basically had to shut down production and tighten up the script.

      I thought Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz did a great job, but I’ve always wondered what the bigger script included. Aronofsky got inspiration for ‘the Fountain’ from a trip to the top of a Mayan pyramid very similar to Christopher Ryan’s where he was stung by the scorpion.

    • neil says:

      Yes they’ll be back to normal. Mark this sentence.

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