• June 13, 2019

In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Our Inner Ape examines how empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans. Frans de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, believes that it’s just as natural to. The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society is the last in a long line of books and papers Frans de Waal (, ,

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If morality is derived from abstract principles, why do judgments often come instantaneously? Are concepts of justice, equality and empathy really glorious creations of the enlightenment or are they simply labels for phenomena that occur across the animal kingdom? Many animals survive not by eliminating each other or keeping everything for themselves, but by cooperating and sharing. Not only did she find that reading helpful, but additionally she dd the whole book.

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As de Waal sees it, if we take that view—and franss vogue of the “selfish gene” indicates we do—it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, for human behavior is decisively shaped by our sense of ourselves. The Elephant in the Room, 6.

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Those who highlight individual freedom often regard collective interests as a romantic notion, something for sissies and communists. Had funds been diverted? Fostering empathy is not made easy by the entrenched opinion, in Law schools, Business empqthy and Political corridors, that we are essentially competitive animals.

In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Empahhy Inner Ape explores how empathy comes naturally to humans and other animals. Books by Frans de Waal. For decades, Frans de Waal has generated elegant data and thinking that show that this is wrong.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

Apr 20, Nick Klagge rated it really liked it. It was like they sat the author down in a comfy chair and said “Just start talking, we’ll put your ramblings together into a book. Especially the blind-husky, Isobel who ran the lead tandem?! When push comes to shove, groups do not hesitate to aye another! This book was enlightening to me, especially because of some of the recent events that have engulfed modern society.


Do I really care about something that happened tne your brother-in-law? Stay in Touch Sign up. It is a powerful emotional argument to claim that a species is close to us and share our emotional inner life, but it is also discrimination. Nov 21, J. They saw themselves as created in God’s image and only intelligent life on the planet. This is a wonderful book if you love animals, believe that animals share our emotions, or care to learn more about how and why we developed our sense of caring for one another member of our species.

By comparing their worlds, with each other and with our own, de Waal explains, we can learn about the true anatomy of the social psyche.

The French revolutionaries chanted of fraternite, Abraham Lincoln appealed to the bonds of sympathy, and Theodore Roosevelt spoke glowingly of fellow feeling as “the most important factor in producing a healthy political and social life.

He does it with a lot of anecdotes, and lot of reference to scientific research, in a writing style that is never dry. Thus, while empathy may have developed because on average and in the long run it tends to lead to more survival and reproductive success, it is a category error to assume that these save purposes necessarily motivate individual instances of empathy.

But possession is only part of the story. Ownership, it seems, is a profoundly ancient right if you are a primate. This provocative page book includes the following seven chapters: If the possessor doesn’t give in, beggars may throw a fit, screaming and rolling around as if the world is coming to an end. And he makes huge leaps between observation “I once saw a monkey give another monkey a hug” and lessons for mankind “the election of Barack Obama is ushering in a new era of cooperation and mankind is on the brink of a new evolutionary step of civilization!


The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society

I wasn’t claiming that it always finds expression, though. This applies most definitely to pack hunters, such as wolves or killer whales, but also to our closest relatives, the primates. Whereas the latter remains an issue for some, there has nevertheless been a dramatic shift in public opinion regarding the role of biology.

They rarely, if ever, consult the vast knowledge of human behavior accumulated in anthropology, psychology, biology, or neuroscience. A cat makes daily rounds in a geriatric clinic in Providence, Rhode Island, sniffing and observing each patient, and then selecting one to curl up and purr beside. He presented human subjects with stories of odd behavior such as a one-night stand between a brother and sisterwhich the subjects immediately disapproved of.

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that “greed”-for lack of a better word-is good.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

Yes, there is plenty of cruelty in nature but there is also cooperation, compassion and loyalty. The reality of empathy. Slightly earlier and slightly to the north, in Scotland, the thinking was different.

ed There were so many variations on qualities related to empathy, it was a little overwhelming. The third part of empathy is what de Waal calls “targeted helping. What we need is a complete overhaul of assumptions about human nature. This means that the better aspects of human nature are not as brittle and prone-to-breakdown.