The research paints a picture
Melissa's work centers on the special capacities and capabilities of human beings as demonstrated through history and explained through the sciences - especially positive psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cell biology, physics, and economics. She finds ethics, philosophy, and religious traditions give focus to patterns more recently found and documented in contemporary science.
Every individual is the authority on what it means to be human
- We need to feel safe. Then we like to explore.
- We love to learn - and enjoy rising to challenges.
- We have a restless desire to make things better.
We have challenges ahead and we relish working together!
- What we call competition is our joy to rise to the challenge to make things better.
- We are ultra-social, and derive utility and pleasure from our common endeavors.
- Reputation and the feeling of belonging are deeply seated drives.
- Empathy enriches our health and our lives.
- Imagination feeds strategic planning and turns the possible to the actual.
- We have come a long way on the basis of civilization and culture.
- It's time to distinguish between the practices that destroy civilizations and those that support individuals and their civilizations.
Our common challenge is the survival of our species
- Our global eco-system is changing rapidly.
- Humans have the capacity to understand trajectories and change.
- We do this through relationships of trust and joint intention.
- We are hard-wired to receive satisfaction from these endeavors.