Professor Dacher Keltner is one of the world’s foremost emotion scientists. He is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the director of the Greater Good Science Centre. He has over 200 scientific publications and six books, including Born to Be Good, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox. He has written for many popular outlets, from The New York Times to Slate. He was also the scientific advisor behind Pixar’s Inside Out, is involved with the education of health care providers and judges, and has consulted extensively for Google, Apple, and Pinterest, on issues related to emotion and well-being.
In this conversation today, Dacher & I discuss:
- What is awe?
- How does neuroscience explain wonder?
- Should we make beautiful phenomena explicit?
- Can awe be used as a treatment for mental health conditions?
- Why being wealthy may mean experiencing less awe
- The power of music
- What makes a life worth living