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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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Of course they are—they are accumulated bits of psychic life thrown together over millions of years by evolution with no oversight or quality control about what they actually feel like. Cheney mocked conservation as “a sign of personal virtue” that, sadly, wouldn’t do the planet any good.

Water management is in the hands of engineers and local citizen boards that predate the nation itself. Or are we, as is often assumed, only on earth to serve our own survival and interests?

This applies most definitely to pack hunters, such as wolves or killer whales, but also to our closest relatives, the primates. Indeed, de Waal says that the bond between mother and child is the template for all our relationships, even romantic ones. The emphasis is on what unites a society, what makes it worth living in, rather than what material wealth we can extract from it.

The adult baboons occasionally answered their calls, but they never stepped into the water to go retrieve their stranded offspring in time. Or are we, as is often assumed, only on earth to serve our own survival and interests? I thought this book started out strong, was a little weak in the middle, but finished up extremely strong.

Except for a few fallen trees, this part of Alabama had suffered little damage, but the hotel was full of refugees: In our own species, too, individuals reject income if they feel the distribution is unfair.


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The Age of Empathy: Format is easy to follow. Whereas the latter remains an issue for some, there has nevertheless been a dramatic shift in public opinion regarding the role of biology. Most notably, this book concludes that there are two hands guiding human society: The scientific history of good nature in humans and other animals is a notably short one. We certainly didn’t get this far by preying on one another and competing incessantly, even if that is the version of “human nature” we’re peddled these days to justify and rationalize the systems and institutions currently in pl This has become one of my favorite books, purchased in audiobook format, listened to twice.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

It makes connections to so many different areas. Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: Trivia About Qge Age of Empath If I had been reading this for pleasure, I might have enjoyed the author’s reminiscences and stories more.

Pliny the elder describes the way the crowd reacted to fgans elephants being savaged in an arena. I should be concerned with the ivory-billed woodpecker, the role of primates in the spread of AIDS or Ebola, the disappearance of tropical rain forests, or whether we evolved from the apes. I love deWaal’s work for helping to accomplish that. I see it play out every day. With monkeys and apes around every corner, no rain-forest culture has ever produced a religion, that puts humans outside of nature!

By studying social behaviors in animals, such as bonding, the herd instinct, the forming of trusting alliances, expressions of consolation, and conflict resolution, Frans de Waal demonstrates that animals—and humans—are “preprogrammed to reach out.

Discusses key concepts such as yawn contagion. Not only did she find that reading helpful, but additionally she enjoyed the whole book.

The Age of Empathy

If this means wading right into political controversy, so be it; it’s not as if biology is not already a part of it. Divers from a rescue team spent wasl one hour in a difficult and treacherous job of disentangling the whale. They tear societies apart by reducing mutual trust, increasing violence, and inducing anxieties that compromise the immune system of both the rich and the poor. The short answer derived from the latter disciplines is that we are group animals: We tolerate differences in income and standards of living, only up to a degree.


One of the world’s best-known primatologists, wxal Waal is C. That both views sound similar is logical given that they arose at around the same time, in the same place, during the English Industrial Revolution.

But just as no hermit can avoid dreaming of waa, maidens and ae meals, no philosopher can get around the basic needs, desires, and obsessions of a species that, unfortunately for them, actually is made of flesh and blood. Dans la savane, le lion mange les animaux! That’s when I learned that “survival of the fittest” Herbert Spencer’s coinage didn’t necessarily mean that the most aggressive wins.

But Skilling had the science wrong, as does almost everyone else. Or would this role only interfere with why we are on earth, which according to economists is to consume and produce, and according to biologists is to survive and reproduce? Its empatuy may beg and whine for some of it, but no one will take the food away. Frans de Waal is almost awal turning upside down the long-held notion of humans and other animals as supremely selfish, concerned only with their own survival, and perhaps survival of their offspring.