Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals
"I believe there's an evolved morality. I think morality is much more than what I've been talking about, but it would be impossible without these ingredients that we find in other primates, which are empathy and consolation, pro-social tendencies and reciprocity and a sense of fairness. And so we work on these particular issues to see if we can create a morality from the bottom up, so to speak, without necessarily God and religion involved, and to see how we can get to an evolved morality."
—Frans de Waal
Primatologist Frans de Waal who studies primate social behavior and is also the author of Our Inner Ape explains moral qualities such as empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity can be seen in social animals demonstrating fascinating videos of behavioral tests on primates and elephants.
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