Professor Paul Zak on “The Moral Molecule” at All Saints Church

first_img Community News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe What is our nature as human beings?  How is it that we can engage in heroic acts of compassion and also perpetrate heinous acts of violence? On Sunday, November 25, at 10:15 a.m. in the All Saints Rector’s Forum, Dr. Paul Zak explores this dichotomy from his book The Moral Molecule, which takes us on a journey he made from the laboratories to the jungles in search of what it means to be human.In 2004 Zak’s lab discovered that an ancient chemical in our brains, oxytocin, is responsible for a large number of moral actions, from trustworthiness to charity and compassion. He calls oxytocin the “moral molecule” because it motivates individuals to act in ways that put the needs of others ahead of their own. Studies of animals had indicated that oxytocin facilitated birth, breastfeeding, and the care of offspring, earning the label the “love hormone.” Zak’s studies showed that this “love” in human beings included not only one’s mate and offspring, but complete strangers, even strangers individuals would never meet. His oxytocin experiments indicate that almost all of us have the capacity to love everyone. Paul Zak earned degrees in mathematics and economics before acquiring a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University, where he founded the Center for Neuroeconomics, and is Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University, as well as a senior researcher at UCLA. Copies of Zak’s book will be available.All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 796-1172 or visit 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Faith & Religion Events Professor Paul Zak on “The Moral Molecule” at All Saints Church Article and Photos courtesy of All Saints Church Pasadena Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 4:17 pm Top of the News center_img Make a comment Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img

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