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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The more intriguing aspects are how different species can change their own behavior and those of others through symbosis and integreation, showin Very interesting research on various natures: Return to Book Page.

Bloodyspud rated it really liked it Sep 27, Natural selection may be harsh, but it has wawl highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.

Good Natured

There is a secular version of this view My follow up to Moral Minds. It works like a rudimentary insurance policy spreading risk among pairs of individuals. Nov 16, Natures rated it it was amazing.

What elements of our personalities and social structures exist elsewhere in the animal kingdom? Jan 10, Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: For instance, bats, which die if they don’t eat for more than two days, will share meals with non-related bats who were saal getting food on a particular night – provided that the recipients reciprocate in the future when the tables are turned.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Waal Re view – Kyle rated it really liked it Mar 08, 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 natyred simple pairing of stimulus and response that happen to increase genetic fitness.


The enclosure had a small pond with a tree at its edge just the right height for the monkeys to jump into the pond from. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

Good Natured – F. B. M. de Waal, Frans de Waal – Google Books

But seeing the offending monkey run for cover as quickly as he did amused me. 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.

How then could survival of the fittest lead to empathy? Shweder, The Los Angeles Times. Account Options Sign in. 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.

The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Stronger individuals have a natural advantage in competing for scarce resources and taking those resources away from others.

I find this to be a grim, depressing view of what it means to be human, one that has us constantly at war with our inner selves. I wondered at the time. Brilliant masterpiece on the origins of morality. Through his eyes, we see how not just primates but all kinds of animals, from marine mammals to dogs, respond to social rules, help each other, share nagured, resolve conflict to mutual satisfaction, even develop a crude sense of justice and fairness.


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

I do think he’s written better novels. Exceptionally clearly written for science, too. My follow up to Moral Minds.

The occasional disagreements within this budding field are far outweighed by the shared belief that evolution needs to be part of any satisfactory explanation of morality. Must an animal be human to he humane? An especially close look at monkeys and apes that are closest to humans, as this opens the door to understanding our behaviors. Harvard University Press Amazon. Preview — Good Natured by Frans de Waal.

Through his eyes, we see how not just waa but all natuded of animals, from marine mammals to dogs, respond to social rules, help each other, share food, resolve conflict to mutual satisfaction, even develop a crude sense of justice and fairness.

De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and demonstrates natjred human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals.