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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Since any income should beat none at all, this means that both monkeys and people fail to follow the profit principle to the letter. Which is why you are still wondering what happened to those poor baby baboons—and why we should hope de Waal continues to keep a wise eye on his chimpanzees.

Rfans Waal’s theory runs counter to the assumption that humans are inherently selfish, which can be seen in dr fields of politics, law, and finance, and which seems to be evidenced by the current greed-driven stock market collapse. De Wall also finished with a great comparison of Europe and America from an immigrants point of view.

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

When fran decided someone is about to die, he aaal up besides them, purring and gently nuzzling them. Too many economists and politicians model human society on the perpetual struggle they believe exists in nature, but which is a mere projection. With nearly 30 years experience observing primate behaviour, DeWahl asserts that many primate species experience the same emotions as humans. No other book has attempted to cover this ground.

He then challenged every single reason they could come up with for their rejection of incest until his subjects ran out of reasons.


In other words, the ability to function in a group and build a support network is a crucial survival skill. A recent example occurred after Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in But one common strategy is to point the finger at the victims. In summary, this was a solid accessible book.

This is a compelling and hopeful book. The animal side is shown through his own research with chimpanzees and elephants as well as the research of many other biologists. I still remember a camera crew filming a sharing session and the cameraman turning to me and saying, “I should show this to my kids. DeWaal’s book is now in the hands of my daughter, to whom I recommended it highly, as I do to anyone reading this.

That is our capacity to connect to and understand others and make their situation our own, the way Lincoln did when he came eye to eye with shackled-slaves in Ohio. Yet in some ways we seem to be moving ever closer to a society with no solidarity whatsoever, one in which a lot of people can expect the short end of the stick.

Income inequality, say what?

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

In summary, this was a solid accessible book. Empathy, de Waal says, is one of our most innate capacities, one that likely evolved from mammalian e,pathy care. Clearly defines the main premise of this book. The Age of Empathy delves into social, economic, and political concerns of our time. Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: They tear societies epmathy by reducing mutual trust, increasing violence, and inducing anxieties that compromise the immune system of both the rich and the poor.

Similarly in the east, surrounded by native primates in India and China, religions don’t draw a sharp line between humans and other animals. 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.


Tanja Singer proves that empathy can be trained and learned and become part of our thinking and acting. His little hand-drawn sketches are also a charming touch. 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. 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.

The importance of mimicry. Format is easy to follow.

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. These and numerous other examples that de Waal cites demonstrate clearly the author’s point that nature is much more than “red in tooth in claw,” but instead can teach us humans a great deal in how to cooperate and understand each other in an increasingly polarized world.

Biology, Left and Right, 2. Notes and bibliography included.

The Age of Empathy

In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Our Inner Ape explores how empathy comes naturally to humans and other animals. De Waal describes a band of baboons that crossed a flooded patch of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, only ce look back and see that their offspring had been marooned on the patch of land they left behind.

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