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Visions of Compassion
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Contributors Part 1: Historical and Philosophical Background 1: Zara Houshmound et al.: Training the Mind: First Steps in a Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research 2: Anne Harrington: The Thing Known or the Knowing Eye? Conceiving Compassion between Science and Buddhism 3: Georges Dreyfus: Is Compassion an Emotion? A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Mental Typologies 4: Elliott Sober: Kindness and Cruelty in Evolution 5: His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Understanding Our Fundamental Nature Dialogues, Part 1: Fundamental Questions Part 2: Social, Behavioral, and Biological Explorations of Altruism, Compassion, and Related Constructs 6: Richard Davidson: Toward a Biology of Positive Affect and Compassion 7: Nancy Eisenberg: Empathy-Related Emotional Responses, Altruism, and Their Socialization 8: Ervin Staub: Emergency Helping, Genocidal Violence, and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism 9: Robert H. Frank: Altruism in Competitive Environments Dialogues, Part 2: Pragmatic Extensions and Applications Appendix: About the Mind and Life Institute Index

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Richard J. Davidson is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He is co-author or editor of seven books and is a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions. Anne Harrington is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is the Associate Director of the Harvard University Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative and a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions.

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"The virtues discussed in this book need to be brought more to the foreground in society; indeed, the survival of the human race may depend on it."--Contemporary Psychology, APA Review of Books "This is a work that will be accessible for undergraduates and graduates with an interest in ethics, altruism, Buddhist spiritual practice, evolutions, and neuro-psychologyThe essays are fully referenced, serving as a valuable resource for further reflectionI heartily recommend this work to individuals interested in the emerging dialogue among religion, spirituality and science."--Religious Studies Review, Harvey B. Aronson "The virtues discussed in this book need to be brought more to the foreground in society; indeed, the survival of the human race may depend on it."--Contemporary Psychology, APA Review of Books "This is a work that will be accessible for undergraduates and graduates with an interest in ethics, altruism, Buddhist spiritual practice, evolutions, and neuro-psychologyThe essays are fully referenced, serving as a valuable resource for further reflectionI heartily recommend this work to individuals interested in the emerging dialogue among religion, spirituality and science."--Religious Studies Review, Harvey B. Aronson

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