Survival of the Kindest: Why Sharing Pays Off
Maandag 03 december, 20h00
• Aula Minderbroedersberg 4-6
• Free entrance
• Dr. Stefan Klein, author and essayist, Berlin
IMPORTANT: the start time of this lecture is 8 pm, not 7.30 pm as announced earlier! Stefan Klein will show how we as individuals benefit from altruistic, unselfish behavior. In an ever more interconnected world, generosity is the means to achieve personal and societal success.
Doing unto others enhances our personal satisfaction, improves our health, and even raises our life expectancy. We will establish how natural evolution could hard wire humans to work for one another’s benefit – and how cultural evolution works for ever stronger norm of fairness and generosity.
On a more practical side, neuroscience has recently demonstrated that altruism activates the same mechanisms in the brain as enjoying a sexual encounter or eating a chocolate bar – and the effects are longer lasting! By contrast, studies now lay to rest the notion that money buys happiness. The key to prolonging contentment in life, Klein shows persuasively, lies in helping others.
Stefan Klein has specialized in writing on science and its social implications in an accessible manner. He is best known for his books The Science of Happiness and Time: A User's Guide. His works have been translated into 25 languages and became best sellers in many countries.
He is one of the most influential science writers in Europe. He studied physics and analytical philosophy in Munich, Grenoble and Freiburg, and earned a doctorate in biophysics.
From 1996 to 1999 he was editor at Der Spiegel, Germany's foremost news magazine, and for Zeit-Magazin, he regularly interviews leading scientists around the globe. Klein has received numerous awards for his publications.
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