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Frans De Waal - The Bonobo and the Atheist - 9780393347791 - V9780393347791
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The Bonobo and the Atheist

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Description for The Bonobo and the Atheist Paperback. In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that human morality is not imposed from above but instead comes from within. Moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but is in fact a product of evolution. Num Pages: 320 pages, 12 illustrations. BIC Classification: HPQ; PDZ; PSAJ. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 183 x 211 x 20. Weight in Grams: 264.
For many years, de Waal has observed chimpanzees soothe distressed neighbors and bonobos share their food. Now he delivers fascinating fresh evidence for the seeds of ethical behavior in primate societies that further cements the case for the biological origins of human fairness. Interweaving vivid tales from the animal kingdom with thoughtful philosophical analysis, de Waal seeks a bottom-up explanation of morality that emphasizes our connection with animals. In doing so, de Waal explores for the first time the implications of his work for our understanding of modern religion. Whatever the role of religious moral imperatives, he sees it as ... Read more

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About Frans De Waal
Frans de Waal, author of Mama's Last Hug, is C. H. Candler Professor Emeritus of Primate Behavior at Emory University and the former director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reviews for The Bonobo and the Atheist
"A tour de force."
Christopher Boehm - Nature "A writer marshaling the evidence of his life, particularly his life as a scientist, to express a passionately held belief in the possibility of a more compassionate society."
Meehan Crist - New Republic "A primatologist who has spent his career studying chimpanzees and bonobos, two of humanity’s closest living relatives, ... Read more

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