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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If I had been reading this for pleasure, I might have enjoyed the author’s reminiscences and stories more. De Waal related a story about an alpha chimp who was blustering up to a big dominance display.
A society that ignores these tendencies can’t afe optimal. It is a powerful emotional argument to claim that a species is close to us and share our emotional inner life, but it is also discrimination. Detalhes do produto Capa comum: S’il fallait choisir un carnivore, pourquoi pas le crocodile, ou le loup?
Apr 20, Nick Klagge rated it really liked it. Some minor quibbles like redundancy and many gray areas keep it from scoring higher but overall a worthwhile read. Rastreie seus pedidos recentes. Tanja Singer proves that empathy can be trained and learned and become part of our thinking and acting. De Waal once watched a chimpanzee give birth, standing upright with her hands cupped beneath ready to catch her baby.
Or are we, as is often assumed, only on earth to serve our own survival and interests?
I saw people in America living in the kind of poverty that Emptahy knew only from the 3rd world! His writing style encouraged that, with his 1,2,3 listing of important points, a delightfully clarifying approach. 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.
The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society
To us, it just looks like an excruciatingly deficient version of human empathy. Our emotions are a mess.
On my bad days, I take note that the publication date is Whereas the latter remains an issue for some, there has nevertheless been a dramatic shift in public opinion regarding the role of biology. 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 pl This has become one of my favorite books, purchased in audiobook format, listened to twice.
We tolerate differences in income and standards of living, only up to a degree. They prefer an every-man-for-himself logic.
This was about Oscar the tom cat who made his rounds in a geriatric clinic in Providence, RI. Frans de Waal comes across as warm, engaging, the kind of guy who would be welcome at your dinner party. This book discusses the origins of empathy and illustrates its importance in the evolution of human beings and other animals. It is not hard to see how the desert nomads might have arrived at this view. An older female watching cupped her hands beneath her, too, of no practical help but full of feeling.
Also by Frans de Waal. About Frans de Waal. Examples given of altruism in apes. Through a better understanding of empathy’s survival value in evolution, de Waal suggests, we can work together toward a more just society based on a more generous and accurate view of human nature.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To ask other readers questions about The Age of Empathyplease sign up. His contention, colored by philosophical musings and fascinating anecdotes of observed emotional connections between animals, argues persuasively that humans are not greedy or belligerent because animals are; such traits are far from organic or inevitable but patently manmade.
De Waal is not a fan of Ayn Rand.
Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.
Acknowledging that there is far more research that needs to be done, he nevertheless shows that there is a solid base for further research on a variety of animals. If a chimpanzee has lost its child, other chimpanzees will spend a lot more time grooming it. It is a rather peaceful scene even though there is also quite a bit of jostling for position. He writes clearly and plays fair; he takes on qge strongest arguments against him and is quick to acknowledge complexity.
Sympathy differs from empathy in that it is proactive.
The Age of Empathy
This happens via the body, says de Waal, and such “body-mapping” has been shown again and again in animals as well as empaghy. Published September 22nd by Crown first published January 1st The levees in Louisiana had been criminally neglected.
Professor De Waal succeeds in educating the public on empathy. Books by Frans de Waal. The endeavor has majesty. So this review is going to be a general review of all the Frans de Waal books listed above, also it’s been a while since I read them and my copies are loaned or given away.
In other words, the ability to function in a group and build a support network is a crucial survival skill.