Fundamental Questions

Richard J. Davidson and Anne Harrington

in Visions of Compassion

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195130430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847327 | DOI:
Fundamental Questions

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There are questions remaining concerning the topics previously tackled and this has been expounded by the Dalai Lama, translated into a comprehensive form by renowned translators. The issues are: the reasons why biobehvioral sciences neglected compassion, how neutral science is perceived to be, whether compassion is innate in human nature, whether we are naturally competitive or cooperative, where this compassion comes from and whether this compassion is fragile, and what the impact of compassion to happiness is and vice versa. It is generally viewed that compassion and science are in a way very contrasting forms, but the Dalai Lama believes that science will continue to evolve and will meet with compassion. He believes that human nature will take the upper hand at any time.

Keywords: biobehavioral sciences; Dalai Lama; compassion; nature; science

Chapter.  8797 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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