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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The concept of mutualism. Sep 22, Pages. This happens via the body, says de Waal, and such “body-mapping” has been shown again and again in animals as well as humans. Scientific investigations have time dd again concluded that people tend toward cooperation, a sense of fairness, and sharing more than they tend toward pursuing self-interest.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

Soon two other dolphins came to its side, buoying it to the surface in an apparent effort to allow it to breathe while it remained partially stunned, until their companion had recovered. This book was enlightening to me, especial Empathy, argues Dr. The Other Darwinism, 3. This provocative page book includes the following seven chapters: Sympathy differs from empathy in that it is proactive. Oct 11, Murali Behara rated it really liked it Shelves: This book discusses the origins of empathy and illustrates its importance in the evolution of human beings and other animals.

But one common strategy is to point the finger at the victims. The columnist David Brooks has summarized the findings like this: Like Darwin, he believed that cooperative groups of animals or humans would outperform less cooperative ones. The water was too deep for the youngsters, who cried out in distress.


They tear societies apart by reducing mutual trust, increasing violence, and inducing anxieties that compromise the immune system of both the rich and the poor.

Another fascinating true story the author relates is apparently published in the Journal of New England Medicine. Do I really care about something that happened to your brother-in-law? Called the 5th horseman of apocalypse, dehumanization has a long history of excusing atrocities. He states that only the monotheistic religions of the middle east are so fixated on human uniqueness where African and Asian religions do not draw such a hard line between humans and nature. My only complaint is that I would have preferred a longer, more complex book on the subject.

S’il fallait choisir un carnivore, pourquoi pas le crocodile, ou le loup? De Waal watched one chimpanzee mother take great care helping her son with a broken wrist, even at the cost of her younger offspring.

The “Age of Empathy” is really about several different emotions and traits thought to be uniquely human like empathy, sympathy, self awareness, sense of fair play, and egalitarianism. The difference between that work and “The Age of Empathy” is that there is some actual science behind de Waal’s work.

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Who needs tender feelings if duty is all that matters? 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.

A fascinating topic in the hands of a subject matter expert, empathy. Humans, of course, are social animals, too, and de Waal argues that feeling and acting with empathy for one another are as automatic as aggression—part of our “bipolar nature. Oct 24, Kelly rated it really liked it.


Though there is some tussling, the result is more peaceful than not. Evolution in a nutshell. Stay in Touch Sign up. He famously opened his first book with: Marxism is founded on an illusion of culturally engineered human.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But we need to go further by joining them with a radical political analysis, one that spells out the cultural mechanisms that give rise to an empathy-deficient empxthy. Some minor quibbles like redundancy and many gray areas keep it from scoring higher but overall a worthwhile read.

De Waal thus concludes that feelings, emotions and even altruism occur on a continuum stretching at a minimum from monkeys to apes to humans, becoming more nuanced and complex going from monkey to humans. Format is easy to follow. The subject matter, of course, is what interested me in the first place, and I wasn’t disappointed there either.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

Not the strangest place for a biologist, perhaps, but it conveyed the size of the calamity. Each chapter begins with a chapter-appropriate quote.

Frans de Waal, who is a Dutchman himself, who continues, “On motorcycles this is even more critical. The importance of mimicry. How could the richest nation in the world permit this? In an experiment at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, saal at a sanctuary in Uganda were shown a human unsuccessfully reaching through some bars for a plastic stick.

If I see that wwal dropped a heavy bag onto your foot, I’m going to try to move the bag, and if you’re hurt, I’ll console you.