Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. Contents. 1 Publishing history; 2 Notes; 3 References. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that. Good Natured. Frans de Waal, Author, F. B. M. De Waal, Author, Waal De, Author Harvard University Press $ (p) ISBN

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Good Natured

References to this book The Handicap Principle: If biology has made us what we are, then biology explains both our violence and our virtues. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human Making a compelling case for a morality grounded in biology, he shows how ethical behavior is as much a matter of evolution as any other trait, in humans and animals alike.

There’s something deeply humane about the way De Waal writes and thinks about animals. Kyle rated it really liked it Mar 08, May 15, John Wiswell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It works like a rudimentary insurance policy spreading risk among pairs of individuals. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. The more we communicate across groups and cultures, the more we feel part of one large group, and the more our innate moral faculties seem to apply to everyone.


Chimps who always favor stronger or more dominant chimps in altercations presumably to curry favor with the strongest allies usually are overthrown in the dominance hierarchy. Easy read and fascinating way to envision more than science can tell us about how similar we are or are not to monkeys and apes. Dec 16, Ben rated it really liked it.

Everyone interested in psychology, philosophy and morality. Exceptionally clearly written for science, too.

The Sociopath Next Door. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Jan 10, Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pop culture generally depicts human nature as violent and self serving. Making his case through vivid anecdotes drawn from his work with apes and monkeys and holstered by the intriguing, voluminous data from his and others’ ongoing research, de Waal shows us that many of the building blocks of morality are natural: At its most advanced levels, sympathy takes the form of empathy – an actual understanding of how another individual in a different situation might feel, think, and act.

Fascinating look at various animals’ survival mechanisms, primarily focusing on group dynamics. These are used to bolster the proposition that mental processes governing complex forms of human behaviour, such as sympathy and empathy with others, must have their homologues in the animal kingdom… [This book] is extremely well written and very entertaining.

My follow up to Moral Minds. There is a secular version of this view My follow up to Moral Minds. About Frans de Waal. How then could survival of the fittest lead to empathy?


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On some biological origins of morality. A convincing book, old but still relevant.

De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals.

Oct 18, Kate marked it as to-read. However, de Waal makes an important distinction between the good cause of a behavior’s persistence and the psychological motivation for an organism acting as it does.

While I have read many books that were decades long studies, this naturwd helped me see much deeper.

Compelling and well-written examination of the origins of human morality, mostly though our close primate relatives but also looking at other species. Second, members of the species must be able to distinguish among individuals of their species and remember past actions of each individual which is really two requirements. I wondered at the time. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The emphasis on empirical research and analysis seriously helps the optimistic message. The mother turned and screamed at the other monkey who made hims Some years ago, my cousin and I watched snow monkeys at an outdoor enclosure at gopd Minneapolis Zoo.