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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The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal

This is a wonderful book if you love animals, believe that animals share our emotions, or care to learn more about how and why we developed our sense of caring for one another member of our species. Frankfurt, author of On Bullshit From the Hardcover edition. In an experiment at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, chimpanzees at a sanctuary in Uganda were shown a human u Nature is well known as “red in tooth and claw.

Frans de Waal is a psychology professor at Emory University with a Ph.

I found his unapologetic attitude about the political implications of his work to be personally refreshing and scientifically defensible. Engaging and well-written book that is accessible to the masses.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

Through a better understanding of empathy’s survival value in evolution, de Aeg suggests, we can work together toward a more just society based on a more generous and accurate view of human nature. Sympathy was not absent-it just was late in coming. If morality is derived from abstract principles, why do judgments often come instantaneously?


Developing an appreciation of this complexity, de Waal suggests, could actually combat one of the least helpful of human tendencies: The author is a biologist who uses his studies of social behaviours in animals as a basis for the study of empathy. There are no apes in the middle east. For humans, as comparative work with animals has helped to clarify, empathy has at least three layers.

Sep 22, Pages. We do not need to treat others badly to have personal gain. Competing genes build complicated people, who aren’t just instinctively cruel but also involuntarily caring and curious. 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 place and their destructive impact on individuals and communities.

A cat makes daily rounds in a geriatric clinic in Providence, Rhode Island, sniffing and observing each patient, and og selecting one to curl up and purr beside.

In summary, this was a solid accessible book. Most notably, this book concludes that there are two hands guiding human society: To ask other readers questions about The Age of Empathyplease sign up. Sympathy differs from empathy in that it is proactive. How can a society claim equal opportunity, if location of one’s birth determines quality of one’s education and eventually quality of one’s life. Had funds been diverted? So much of what we thought we knew was wrong and limited by poor experimental feans.

The Age of Empathy

For decades, Frans de Waal has generated elegant data and thinking that show that this is wrong. Do we have an instinct for compassion?


A fascinating topic waxl the hands of a subject matter expert, empathy. Every once in a while, when your heart is heavy with all the fighting and hatred and envy and competition and the nastiness of your fellow humans, it is good to read about the kindness of other animals besides man.

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Since any income should beat none at all, this means that both monkeys and people fail to follow the profit principle to the letter. I love deWaal’s work for helping to accomplish that. Trivia About The Age of Empath Empathy is the process by which we gather information about someone else. 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.

The Other Darwinism, 3. Reading this book constantly reminded me of our arrogance to consider that animals are not conscious, feeling beings. Pliny the elder describes the way the crowd reacted to 20 elephants being savaged in an arena.