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: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals

Exceptionally clearly written for science, too. Join Our Mailing List: And as alliances can turn the table on a strong chimp, alliances can also turn the tables on an otherwise dominant chimp. Elements like these have served an evolutionary purpose by promoting group cohesion, stability, and success.

Shweder, The Los Angeles Times. Oct 28, Michael rated it really liked it. Morality is an aberration, a thin veneer over our grasping animal urges. An especially close look at monkeys and apes that are closest to humans, as this opens the door to understanding our behaviors. What would have held primitive human and pre-human groups together, and how would moral systems have ever emerged? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals by Frans de Waal

Apr 03, Andrea rated it it was amazing. Jun 20, Carole rated it really liked it Shelves: In short time, many had attributed all animal behaviors including humaneven natkred that were seemingly altruistic, to strategies to maximize reproduction. With sociality and memory come rudimentary sharing among non-related individuals that will benefit both over the long run. Might there he a code of ethics in the animal kingdom? 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.


On some biological origins of morality. Not to be confused with Good Nature. We seem to be reaching a point at which science can wrest morality from the hands of philosophers. This general view also explains far better why the overall arc of human development has been towards a gradual reduction of everyday brutality and the emergence of international standards of conduct.

That this is already happening—albeit largely at a theoretical level—is natureed from recent books by, among others, Richard D.

Good Natured

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. De Waal is consistently articulate; he identifies high-level trends in behavior among different species without ever making over-generalizations.

Warren Benedetto rated it liked it Oct 07, Trivia About Good Natured: Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.

It is therefore more accurate to say that our moral codes were built upon a framework of innate moral capacities than that we owe our sense of right and wrong to those same codes. If biology has made us what we are, then biology explains both our violence and our virtues.

Must an animal be human to he humane? Much of the book details observations of primate behavior, especially that of chimpanzees and bonobos. Might there he a code of ethics in the animal kingdom? These are used to bolster the proposition that mental processes governing complex forms of human behaviour, such as sympathy and empathy with others, must have their homologues in the animal kingdom… [This book] is extremely well written and very entertaining.

My follow up to Moral Minds. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Must an animal be human to he humane? In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human. There is a secular version of this view as well, which holds that humans are beasts at heart whose basest instincts are held in check by a mere veneer of civilization. References to this book The Handicap Principle: Making a compelling case for a morality grounded in biology, he shows how ethical behavior is as much a matter of evolution as any other trait, in humans and animals alike.


They also reward good behavior by elevating the status of individuals who do good things – and all primates including humans are acutely conscious of status. This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat There are also dysfunctional societies where what we think of as civilized legal systems have broken down, leaving anarchy.

For instance, bats, which die if they don’t eat for more than two days, will share meals with non-related bats who were unsuccessful getting food on a particular night – provided that the recipients reciprocate in the future when the tables are turned. She lives and works in London as a senior editorial assistant. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

The emphasis on empirical research and analysis seriously helps the optimistic message. This well-written and accessible science book offers evidence of morality and compassion in the animal kingdom. Refresh dee try again. May 20, Jesse Houle marked it as to-read Recommended to Jesse by: Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss.

A good friend of mine, a scary-smart sciency type who worked at the Yerkes Primate Research Center, sent me this book because she knew — before I did — that I don’t actually believe in evolutionary theory natures it comes to explaining human behavior.

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