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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Guess for the same reason, I find partner-dancing eg. There is no word for what that particularly baboon combination of emotional parts is. Thousands of people with money and cars had fled New Orleans, leaving the sick, old, and poor to fend for themselves. Mar 16, Jesus Cruz rated franx it was amazing Shelves: De Waal is not a fan of Ayn Rand. How could the richest nation in the world permit this?
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If I had been reading this for pleasure, I might have enjoyed the author’s reminiscences and stories more. The importance of mimicry. Most of the examples are with Chimpanzees which are of course agw closest relative, but there are also interesting studies with elephants, crows, dogs, etc.
This isn’t a mere pendulum swing to warmth and cuddliness. View all comments. I’m most interested in the resistance people have to considering empathy a strength and this addresses that issue quite well. Only trans minutes after the food is put out, every chimpanzee in the colony will have some. He makes a very convincing argument that these animals are capable of feeling empathy and even some other human-like emotions.
Reading this book constantly reminded me of our arrogance to consider that animals are not conscious, feeling beings. Another concept that de Waal focuses on is “motivational autonomy,” by which he means, the fact that just because a behavior evolved for reason X, doesn’t mean that when an individual exhibits that behavior, it is for reason X, and even further, it doesn’t mean that reason X is the only legitimate reason for practicing the behavior.
Throughout the book, de Waal illustrates how behaving more like our wild mammalian cousins may just save humanity. It is put like a Russian doll.
A Glass Half-full Approach This book is primarily a detailed exploration of animal emotions such empafhy empathy and on how they stunningly correspond to the human. The first is emotional contagion, the flush of emotion that runs involuntarily through a group of animals when something dramatic happens, like an eagle appearing above a group of monkeys or a man being punched on a crowded street.
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I love deWaal’s work for helping to accomplish that. Negative effects permeate the entire society. So much of what we thought we knew was wrong and limited by poor experimental design. Kant praised rmpathy as “beautiful” yet considered it irrelevant to a virtuous life. Humans are capable of deep disdain for anyone who looks different or thinks in another way. Another enlightening bit empahy in his conclusion where he described why religion has such a hard time accepting evolution. Gave wxal as a gift to two people this year.
Niceness is a refinement. 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. It’s so fascinating and so healing to read example after example of animals caring for each other.
I woke up at a zoo!
The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society
Humanity’s deepest wish is to spread the wealth. Chimpanzees and humans, both apes, seem empxthy have the same type of empathy, and undoubtedly this is because we are very closely related. Fairness matters to social animals. In his research, Dr.
The author, a primatologist, does a great job recounting decades of animal research to back up his claim that both humans and our related animal cousins have a long history of community, social structure and organization, and responsibility to that community. But since the latter is, at least in the West, the dominant assumption, my focus will be on the former: In this book he is looking into animal emotions, but there is a twist.
How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of aye it.
Like Darwin, he believed that cooperative groups of animals or humans would outperform less cooperative ones. As de Waal sees it, if we take that view—and the vogue of the “selfish tje indicates we do—it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, for human behavior is decisively shaped by our sense of ourselves.
Hard to live up to some of his other books. Fair Is Fair, and 7. Egalitarianism is a trait we do not share with Chimpanzees. Ejpathy and bibliography included.