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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So, to the book. In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Our Inner Ape examines how empathy comes waql to a great variety of animals, including humans. They were not “trained” or “rewarded” for this assistance. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. As the world tries to comprehend and recover from economic, social, and environment tragedies, we should bear these facts in mind.

Only then can we reclaim the continuity of morality that emerges so eloquently from these pages.

The Age of Empathy

Looking for More Great Reads? Consider the baboon, an Old World monkey. When the whale finally realized she was free, she swam in a large circle and nuzzled each diver in succession, evidently thanking them for their help. 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.

Do I really care about something that happened to your brother-in-law? But lately scientists, from biologists to psychologists—with de Waal at the forefront—have begun suggesting that nature is filled with compassion, too. It’s not eaal higher level function only humans possess.


Not only did she find that reading helpful, but additionally she enjoyed the whole book. Both follow a competition-is-good-for-you logic. 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!

Detalhes do produto Capa comum: Return to Book Page. Frans de Waal really opens our eyes to the true rmpathy of evolution and he does so in a noncondescending yet completely brilliant manner.

There is exciting new research about the origins of altruism fran fairness in wal ourselves and other animals. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

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. Biology, Left and Right, 2. Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: In this superb book, ve shows how we are not the only species with elements of those cognitive capacities, empathy is as much about affect as cognition, and our empathic humanity has roots far deeper than our human-ness.

It made me much more cheerful in my quest towards understanding how our species can live at peace with the rest of the world. Humans must be biologically equipped to function effectively in many social situations without undue reliance on cognitive processes. Cheney mocked conservation as “a sign of personal virtue” that, sadly, wouldn’t do the planet any good.

Discusses key concepts such as yawn contagion. Nov 17, Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it. We have deeply ingrained sense of fairness. How optimistic is his preface! I like the point that we don’t decide to be empathic – we simply are. In the era of the “selfish gene,” any animal altruism gets recast as self-interest in disguise. Most of his subjects quickly reached the stage of “moral dumbfounding”: I read this for our “science book club” meeting, and we all agreed that this book was not up to snuff.


Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

Jan 18, Bob Prophet rated it it was amazing Shelves: The apes beg and whine, literally whimpering in the face of the other. No other book has attempted to cover this ground. Bodies Talking to Bodies, 4.

But he cites the public’s outrage at the U. Soon two other dolphins if to its side, buoying it to the surface in an apparent effort to allow it to breathe while it remained partially stunned, until their companion had recovered.

Marxism is founded on an illusion of culturally engineered human. Genes act in “self-preserving” ways, de Waal explains, but that has nothing to do with human behavior.

To us, it just looks like an excruciatingly deficient version of human empathy. In a world looking for black and empatby conclusions this book offers a lot of gray areas that may not be as satisfying.