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 (, ,
Professor de Waal is fair and even handed. As the world tries frxns comprehend and recover from economic, social, and environment tragedies, we should bear these facts in mind. Nov 02, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: De Waal describes a band of baboons that crossed a flooded patch of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, only to look back and see that their offspring had been marooned on the patch of land they saal behind.
Empathy, de Waal says, is one of our most innate capacities, one that likely evolved from mammalian parental care. This is optimistic because this allows us to place great confidence in fundamental human nature and not just in institutions that control it. I was about to retire from years of professoring and this was news to me!?
A Glass Half-full Approach This book is primarily a detailed exploration of animal emotions such as empathy and on how they stunningly correspond to the human. De Waal, whose office sits perched atop the perimeter of a chimpanzee compound, has written extensively about the mutable hierarchies, loyal alliances, and intensely complicated politics of chimpanzee life.
The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal
Wilson was showered with cold water after a lecture on the connection between animal and human behavior. Sep 07, Pages Buy. Oh, and Franz de Waal, a biologist, writes with humor and clarity. 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. Written in layman’s prose with a wealth of anecdotes, wry humor, and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is essential dmpathy for our embattled times.
Includes sketches that complement the empathyy narrative. My only complaint is that I would have preferred a longer, more complex book on the subject. A lot of people assume that humans are naturally selfish see: It’s so fascinating and so healing to read example after example of animals caring for each other. They stubbornly insisted the behavior was wrong without being able to say why. De Waal spent years searching for the last human dimension of empathy—consolation—in monkeys but was forced to conclude that they don’t have it.
On enpathy drive back to Atlanta, it occurred to me that this is the theme of our time: When that didn’t work, she stood supportively by her dying companion for days, even as humans tried to tempt her away with food. May 11, Book rated it really liked it Shelves: To reconcile this trend with good old Christian values, such as care for the sick and poor, may seem hopeless. My point is that there is both ownership and sharing. Jun 01, Lauragais rated it really liked it.
But monkeys—which are more distantly related to us and to chimpanzees, for that matter —are a different story. Books by Frans de Waal.
An old film of a chimpanzee on a stack of boxes reaching high for a banana shows another chimpanzee watching it, arms stretched up in sympathy. The need to recognize animals as much closer to us and to treat them with that respect, empathy and humaneness. He then challenged every single reason they could come up with for their rejection of incest until his subjects ran out of reasons.
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Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.
Scientific investigations have time and again concluded that people tend toward cooperation, a sense of fairness, and sharing more than they tend franw pursuing self-interest. How could the richest nation in the world permit this? This book discusses the origins of empathy and illustrates its importance in the evolution of human beings and other animals.
Nature isn’t so red in tooth and claw, and civilization may not be so neatly edifying.
Jan 18, Bob Prophet rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are some statements that resonate and leave a mark. If I had been reading this for wwaal, I might have enjoyed the author’s reminiscences and stories more.
The subject matter, of course, is what interested me in the first place, and I wasn’t I loved this book, and it was an interesting contrast to read it immediately after another popular-consumption book by a biologist which I didn’t like”Why We Run” by Bernd Heinrich.
The book is largely dedicated to exploring “simple” forms of empathy. De Waal watched one chimpanzee mother take great care helping her son with a broken wrist, even at the cost of her younger offspring. In a world looking for black and white conclusions this book offers a lot of gray areas that may not be as satisfying. In this book he is looking into animal emotions, but ag is a twist.