Meet Dr. Stephen G. Post of the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, who studies altruism, selfless love and compassionate love. In Part 1, Dr. Post talks about how he came about looking at selfless love.
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The Science of Selfless Love Part 1/5 Love forms the central theme of religions, cultures and great ethical traditions around the world, everywhere we admire those who give of themselves freely and unselfishly. In that case, what does science say about altruism love and human survivor? Hello and welcome to matter and beyond, I’m you're host, Lora Wells. On this episode we’ll meet Steven G. Coast, a professor and associate director in the department of bio ethics. He’s also a leading consultant on family care giving in the ethics of all treatment. Doctor Post was born and raised in the town of Babylon on the south shore of Long Island 50 miles east of New York City. His early years were spent close to the water where he was an active sailor and earned money harvesting clams in the Great South Bay. An avid reader, he found the long days out on the water ideal for meditation and reflection on things he had read about. He attended Saint Paul’s, an Episcopal high school in New Hampshire where he was influenced by an African American minister, Doctor John Walker. A man greatly interested in ideas bout divine love and the theology of love as practiced in the African American tradition by Martin Luther King Junior and other great leaders of the civil rights movement. In college Doctor Post interest turned to biology as he sought to understand how human beings developed a capacity for empathy, attentive listening, compassion and love which he came to think of as our distinguishing marks as a species. After graduation, Doctor Post focused mainly on research work in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Pennsylvania and then at Cornell University with a special interest in the study of oxytocin, sometimes called the compassion hormone and its role in the bonding of mothers with their children, especially new born. Since 1988, Doctor Post has been at the medical school at Case Western where a department of bioethics was being created.

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