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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Examples given of altruism in apes. Do we have an instinct for compassion?

Who needs tender feelings if duty is all that matters? While the American people were transfixed by the unprecedented catastrophe, one cable news network saw fit to ask if the Constitution actually provides for disaster relief.

Humans must be biologically equipped to function effectively in many social situations without undue reliance on cognitive processes. Especially the blind-husky, Isobel who ran the lead tandem?!

A society that ignores these tendencies can’t be optimal. But from the perspective of evolution, it is its own thing, a distinctive trait that we’ve never really identified before. DeWaal’s book is now in the hands of my daughter, to whom I recommended it highly, as I do to wal reading this.

Written in layman’s prose with a wealth of anecdotes, wry humor, and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is essential reading for our embattled times.


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.

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Waao read this for our “science book club” meeting, and we all agreed that this book was not up to snuff. 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.

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. Thus, a year after Katrina, Newt Gingrich, a prominent conservative politician, called for an investigation into “the failure of citizenship” of people who had been unsuccessful escaping from the hurricane.

It is, instead, something that can be found throughout the animal kingdom in a variety of forms, and we humans are remiss to not look at the positive traits we share with animals. Tue reality of empathy.

Finally, although the book is subtitled “Lessons for a Kinder Thr de Waal is mercifully brief in his closing section on “what this means for modern society”. The third part of empathy is what de Waal calls “targeted helping. Except for a few fallen trees, this part of Alabama had suffered little damage, but the hotel was full of refugees: Kant praised compassion as “beautiful” yet considered it irrelevant to a virtuous life.


All of this makes perfect sense, given that chimpanzees live in groups for a reason, the same way wolves and humans are group animals for a reason.

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But he cites the public’s outrage at the U. The link between empathy and kindness. The best part is these books are written so well that you can really recommend them to almost anyone; they are that enjoyable and easy to read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He presented human subjects with stories of odd behavior such as a one-night stand between a ghe and sisterwhich the subjects immediately disapproved of.

In summary, franx was a solid accessible book. Guess for the same reason, I find partner-dancing eg. De Waal watched one chimpanzee mother take great care helping her son with a broken wrist, even at the cost of her younger offspring. Where are human relations in all of this.

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

The Elephant in the Room, 6. Each chapter begins with a chapter-appropriate quote. Negative effects permeate the entire society.