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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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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.

All the while connecting these human experiences to the experience of empathy in primate societies. It made me much more cheerful in my quest towards understanding how our species can live at peace with the rest of the world.

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Similarly in the east, surrounded by native primates in India and China, religions don’t draw a sharp line between humans and other animals. Chimpanzees and humans, both apes, seem to have the same type of empathy, and undoubtedly this is because we are very closely related. Both follow a competition-is-good-for-you logic. Frans de Waal really opens our eyes to the true meaning of evolution and he does so in a noncondescending yet completely brilliant manner.

His contention, colored by philosophical musings and fascinating anecdotes of observed emotional connections between animals, argues persuasively that humans are not greedy or belligerent because animals are; such traits are far from organic or inevitable but patently manmade. 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.


The Other Darwinism, 3. He is also pleasingly opinionated; he seems to have columnist aspirations of his own, and his frequent — usually thoughtful and balanced, occasionally facile — digressions on morality and U. He writes clearly and plays fair; he takes on the strongest arguments against him and is quick to acknowledge complexity.

Like magicians, they first throw their ideological prejudices into the hat of nature, then pull them out by their very ears to show how much nature agrees with them.

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

Could it be that women don’t feel any connection to the caricature of a rational dd, whose only goal in life, is to maximize profit? Oct 20, Cara rated it really liked it. I wasn’t claiming that it always finds expression, though.

This means that the better aspects of human nature are not as brittle and prone-to-breakdown. Humans do this all the time. In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Our Inner Ape examines how empathy comes naturally to empath great variety of animals, including humans. They were all dead serious. 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. There is both a social and a selfish side to our species.

This is a compelling and hopeful book. Using examples from recent history and culture, he shows the human side of this story. True, we are also incentive-driven animals, focused on status, territory, and food security, so that any society that ignores those tendencies can’t be optimal, either.

Egalitarianism is a trait we do not share with Chimpanzees. I love deWaal’s work for helping to accomplish that. Also by Frans de Waal. Empathy is has what has kept humans going for millions of years — ignoring it would be destructive and regretful.


The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal

T Indeed it is extraordinary how the horses and sled-dogs cooperate with each other and act in unison drawing the carriage or the sled at breakneck speeds, on cross-country pathways!

It is a rather peaceful scene even though there is also quite a bit of jostling for position. Not only did she find that reading helpful, but additionally she enjoyed the whole book. Negative effects permeate the entire society. That, I think, is just right. Sep 19, Francisco rated it it was amazing. De Waal argues that human biology similarly offers a giant helping hand to those striving for a just society, and that every human is destined to be humane.

In doing so, they’re building a universal catalog of emotions and ideas that is not human-centric, a body of work that describes what it feels like to be biological. As the world tries to comprehend and recover from economic, social, and environment tragedies, we should bear these facts in mind. Hardcoverpages.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

Only the Judeo-Christian religions place humans on a pedestal making them the only species with a empahty. The levees in Louisiana had been criminally neglected. 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. In fact, psychologist Jonathan Haidt believes we arrive at them intuitively.