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 has ratings and 25 reviews. Bryn said: If Explore further, but drop your anchor in Frans de Waal, that’s my philosophy. And if you’re like me.

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Good Natured

May 15, John Wiswell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Want to Read saving…. I still don’t know with any certainty and realize it’s easy to see human emotions and motivations in animals’ ggood. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Oct 18, Kate marked it as to-read. So now I think most people are basically good but a small mi Compelling and well-written examination of the origins of human morality, mostly though our close primate relatives but also looking at other species.

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 to increase genetic fitness.

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Yes, we need to fight against selfish and destructive impulses – but it’s in our nature to want to do good for our family and friends. With sociality and memory come rudimentary sharing among non-related individuals that will benefit both over the long run. Kyle rated it really liked it Mar 08, There is evidence in chimpanzee communities of quite evolved capacities such as sympathy for others’ distress, mourning the loss of a parent or child, and reciprocal altruism doing favors for others with no immediate expectation of reward.


Quite technical and philosophical, aaal draws on multiple case studies and tried to look into a range of taxa. There are also dysfunctional societies where what we think of as civilized legal systems have broken down, leaving anarchy. The Sociopath Next Door. In some of his most daring and successful experiments, de Waal showed that a species of monkey that is typically very hierarchical and aggressive can daal learn to be more tolerant and relaxed if members of the aggressive species are raised with slightly older members of the tolerant species.

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.

Joel rated it liked it Apr 24, Social Psychology Share This. The digital Loeb Natueed Library loebclassics. Nov 21, Jon rated it it was amazing.

The view advanced in this book is that our system of morals actually draws on deep-seated social instincts developed over millions of years of evolution bood in the primates, and specifically us. The emphasis on empirical research and analysis seriously helps the optimistic message.

Good Natured Frans B. He is more saal 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.


Explore further, but drop your anchor in Frans de Waal, that’s my philosophy. I wondered at the time. She lives and works in London as a senior editorial assistant. Account Options Sign in.

Not to be confused with Good Nature. While Goos is not based on her own experience, she entertains hopes of meeting her own Jamie Elliot-Fox someday. With this 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. Making his case through vivid anecdotes drawn from waaal work with apes and monkeys and holstered by the intriguing, voluminous data from his and others’ ongoing research, de Waal shows us that many of the building blocks of morality are natural: Recommended in Government And as alliances can turn the table on a strong chimp, alliances can also turn the tables on an otherwise dominant chimp.

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. Good Natured makes the point with the help of a profusion of gripping examples. But seeing the offending monkey run for cover as quickly as he did amused me.

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