Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. Contents. 1 Publishing history; 2 Notes; 3 References. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that. Good Natured. Frans de Waal, Author, F. B. M. De Waal, Author, Waal De, Author Harvard University Press $ (p) ISBN
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Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals
Again, chimps who try to take advantage of an alliance by reaping protection from others without protecting others when they are in trouble are shunned or worse. Solitary animals do not exhibit any behavior that approximates morality. Jan 10, Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: A mother was taking a leisurely swim, an infant clinging to her back. Views Read Edit View history. Some folks find it depressing to imagine generosity and love as somehow biologically based, but I think its pretty darn interesting.
He is more or less ideally placed to answer that question, after years of perceptive research on captive chimpanzees, bonobos and monkeys… As de Waal fans will already know, chimpanzees and other primates come alive as individuals under his expert gaze… Sympathy, attachment, social norms, punishment, a sense of justice, reciprocation, peacemaking and community concern—all are writ large in chimpanzee society.
Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. An especially close look at monkeys and apes that are closest to humans, as this opens the door to understanding our behaviors. From another perspective, the book is a counter-argument to the viewpoint that seemingly ethical or altruistic behavior in animals perhaps including humans are explained by the simple pairing of stimulus and response that happen “Good Natured” is easily among the top three nonfiction books I’ve read.
It really makes you believe with reason! Oct 28, Michael rated it really liked it. Trivia About Good Giod And as alliances can turn the table on a strong chimp, alliances can also turn the tables on an otherwise dominant chimp.
With eaal paradigm shift, biologists were able to explain a wide variety of seemingly altruistic or self-sacrificing behaviors – for instance why so many animals will increase their offspring’s chances of survival by sacrificing their own. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on To observe a dog’s guilty look.
About Frans de Waal. References to this book The Handicap Principle: Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.
At their best, dominant chimps act as impartial arbitrators of disputes between other chimpanzees and can break up fights that are detrimental to the group. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well.
Recommended in Government Aug 02, Dev Scott Flores added it. Might there he a code of ethics in the animal kingdom? Chimps who always favor stronger or more dominant chimps in altercations presumably to curry favor with the strongest allies usually are overthrown in the dominance hierarchy.
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Good Natured — Frans B. M. de Waal | Harvard University Press
Account Options Sign in. As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human—and humane. Can we recognize a sense of morality in creatures other than ourselves? He’s certainly not over-excitable he’s a trifle under-excited for me and you can trust him. De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals.
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As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human–and humane. Chimpanzees even have their own complex system of making amends to bring a conflict to an end.
So now I think most people are basically good but a small mi Compelling and well-written examination of the natuded of human morality, mostly though our close primate relatives but also looking at other species.
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The more we communicate across groups and cultures, the more we feel part of one large group, and the more our innate moral faculties seem to apply to everyone. A brilliant look into the alternatives to Social Darwinism. Exceptionally clearly written for science, too.
In one sense, this conclusion was correct; an animal that sacrifices it’s own reproductive success will not pass on the genes that allowed that behavior.
World famous for his brilliant descriptions nayured Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well.