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Frans De Waal has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. The author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University's Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate visa mer Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. visa färre
Foto taget av: Alexandra Horowitz speaks on a panel about animal emotions and human-animal relations with Frans de Wall and moderator Betsy Herrelko at the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Kimberly T. Powell/Library of Congress. By Library of Congress Life - 20190831KP0199.jpg, CC0,

Verk av Frans de Waal

Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (1997) 224 exemplar
Peacemaking among Primates (1988) 123 exemplar
Tree of Origin: What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us about Human Social Evolution (2001) — Redaktör; Bidragsgivare — 83 exemplar
Natural Conflict Resolution (2000) — Redaktör — 25 exemplar

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Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor652 exemplar
The Best American Science Writing 2006 (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 264 exemplar
The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition (2007) — Förord — 48 exemplar
The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 41 exemplar
The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
Anthropomorphism, Anecdotes and Animals (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 17 exemplar
On Being Moved: From Mirror Neurons to Empathy (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 9 exemplar
Monkeys and Apes in the Wild (2007) — Förord, vissa utgåvor5 exemplar
Les grands singes : L'humanité au fond des yeux (2005) — Förord, vissa utgåvor2 exemplar


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Waal, Fransiscus Bernardus Maria de
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
C.H. Chandler hoogleraar Emory University (vakgroep Psychologie)
directeur Living Links Centre, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Atlanta)
National Academy of Sciences
Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen (Nederland)
Michelle Tessler
Kort biografi
Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates.  His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982) compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Ever since, de Waal has drawn parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality to culture. His scientific work has been published in hundreds of technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and outlets specialized in animal behavior. His popular books — translated into twenty languages — have made him one of the world's most visible primatologists. 

De Waal is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2013, he is a Distinguished Professor (Universiteitshoogleraar) at Utrecht University. He has been elected to the (US) National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was selected by Time as one of The Worlds' 100 Most Influential People Today, and in 2011 by Discover as among 47 (all time) Great Minds of Science. Being editor-in-chief of the journal Behaviour, de Waal has stepped in the footsteps of Niko Tinbergen, one of the founders of ethology.



A fun intriguing book taking you into the world of primate research performed in a relatively natural setting. Primates are shown to demonstrate components of behaviour that are highly evocative of our human counterpart. The problem with identification, projecting intent in actions that may or may not subjectively be the same as ours takes an ominous central place in the subtext. However the argument is necessarily circular, you need to empathise and therefore identify yourself with the subject to be able to interpret it as such.… (mer)
yates9 | 9 andra recensioner | Feb 28, 2024 |
Highly informative, insightful and enlightening to anyone interested in human nature. A very humbling yet thought provoking account of how much of this intangible matter – morals – we share with primates. You will also learn that a tremendously big part of our individual and collective behavior apparently started in apes. It robs us of our perceived uniqueness, but simultaneously enriches us with a widened realization of a bigger and more complex picture. And this is just a tiny sliver of many other wonderful revelations that are kept for your in store in this treasure trove of a book! A must read.… (mer)
Den85 | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 3, 2024 |
This is the primatologist side of the evopsych questions raised in books like [b:Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality|1991|Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality (Science Masters)|Jared Diamond||1087981], and has a lot more of the hard science answers that book couldn't provide, in regards to our various cousins and their sexual behaviours and gender roles. That's what the first part of this book is about and it's great, building on de Waal's long experience in the field (there's some repetition if you've read his previous books like [b:Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves|45894068|Mama's Last Hug Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves|Frans de Waal||62339663]).
De Waal is a good resource for expanding the often narrow and shallow view of animal psychology and behaviour, but the problem is a lot of these books want to create lessons for or about humans and that's the tenuous part of the equation that unfortunately gets the least supporting evidence.

So it is with this book, where we can catch glimpses of gender divisions and hierarchies handled in different ways by different primates; the very brutal world of chimps contrasted with the casual sex of bonobo society. De Waal is aware of the biased adoption of both of these cases by various political sides trying to promote human agendas, appealing to one or the other cousin as part of the legitimacy of their worldview. Is life a nasty, brutal competition for the top spot or should we all be living in some polyamorous hippie community? As he points out neither caricature is true to the animals, nor are their "conclusions" about life much use to us as humans.

But then De Waal himself attempts to use his primate background to draw conclusions about humans, and that's where the book breaks down. Having a more nuanced view of the complexity of our cousins doesn't really help him come up with solid conclusions about humans. He takes an "old liberal" stance of asserting biology matters, but that the alpha/beta type talk is not applicable to humans and that our social interactions are much more complex and allow for a society that can be free from whatever biology has thrown into the mix (as in more egalitarian than nature might suggest). This might have been an applause line in the 90s but is likely to offend the current polarized politics from both sides.

My main problem is rather that it all becomes "just so" stories where what's plausible sounding takes precedence over asking the question "how the hell can we draw these conclusions". De Waal shies away from examining biological determinism in the way Murray did with The Bell Curve, and is fairly agnostic about how our apelike ancestors divided things according to gender. There's a lot of sore toes he doesn't care to step on. In lieu of such hard biological stances we're reduced to "seems to me" type statements pointing to similarities here and there, and fair enough, the comparisons are interesting. But there aren't answers.

Subtitle should read more like "gender through the eyes of a guy who also happens to be a primatologist".
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A.Godhelm | 3 andra recensioner | Oct 20, 2023 |
This is the third de Waal book I've read, following "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?". Though de Waal says in an afterword he intended the latter to be about cognition and this one to be about emotion, there is a large overlap, even in the examples, studies and anecdotes used. Of the two, "Are We Smart Enough" is the superior book; the emotional inner life of animals is - as he admits repeatedly - less testable, and is dependent on the former cognitive ability of animals, which is testable. As a companion piece to "Are We Smart Enough" this is like a dessert to the main dish, sweet but less substantial.… (mer)
A.Godhelm | 11 andra recensioner | Oct 20, 2023 |



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