The Human Spark
Basic Books, 2012
In his latest book, Jerome Kagan, an emeritus professor of psychology at Harvard and one of the pioneers of the field of developmental psychology, details the range of factors that shape the human mind, revealing many of the fallacies of neuroscience. He debunks the various pessimistic theories of human nature that condemn us to being aggressive, selfish, or otherwise unable to transform and heal the world. Every spiritual progressive should read this important work, which can be a handbook for liberals and progressives and a challenge to those who dismiss radical individual and social change as “unrealistic” on allegedly scientific grounds.
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