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

Very interesting research on various natures: Trivia About Good Natured: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. With the advantage that comes with alliances comes an evolutionary factor that could select for the mental capability to guess what others are thinking to generalize the expectations that others will have of one’s behavior in an alliance. I hope you get a chance to read it sometime.

How then could survival of the fittest lead to empathy? What I like about this approach is that it gives us a rather more hopeful view of human nature.

My follow up to Moral Minds. Open Preview See a Problem?

The mother turned and screamed at the other monkey who made hims Some years ago, my cousin and I watched snow monkeys at an outdoor enclosure at the Minneapolis Zoo. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human 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.

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


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

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. So now I think most people are basically good but a small minority are unredeemable. De Waal takes neither the position that non-human animals lack any sense of morality nor that they possess the abstract moral reasoning of which some humans are capable.

This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Quite technical and philosophical, he draws on multiple case studies and tried to look into a range of taxa. Morality is an aberration, a thin veneer over our grasping animal urges.

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

This well-written and accessible science book offers evidence of morality and compassion in the animal kingdom. Handbook of Positive Psychology C. One way to avoid an out-and-out fight every time resources are discovered is to remember which individuals have prevailed in goood competitions and to give deference to such individuals provided that the dominant individual allows the subordinate enough of the resources to make it worth the subordinate not challenging the dominant in a desperate attempt at survival.

There is a secular version of this view My follow up to Moral Minds. 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. If you’re going to read about animal intelligence – animal emotion – and onwards to animal ethics – oh, do start with Frans de Waal.

Remember, even the dominant individual depends on the subordinates for his or her survival. 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 culminating in the primates, and specifically us. May 15, John Wiswell rated it it was amazing Goood it for: With stories that could only be gleaned from a lifetime observing apes and monkeys, he traces the origins of human morality back into the animal world.


Perhaps most interestingly, however, is that the domain hitherto of philosophers is now being contested by evolutionary biologists.

Join Our Mailing List: Oct 14, Cassy Flint rated it really liked it Shelves: And he always illustrates his theories with examples and counter-examples which may account for his ability to avoid “painting with a broad brush.

A mother was taking a leisurely swim, an infant clinging to her back. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Second, members of the species must be able to distinguish among individuals of their species and remember past actions of each individual which is really two requirements. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jan 10, Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 02, Dev Scott Flores added it.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Again, chimps who try to take advantage of an alliance by reaping protection from others without protecting others when they are in trouble are shunned or worse. It works like a rudimentary insurance policy spreading risk among pairs of individuals. Must an animal be human to he humane? A look at primate behavior from the point of view of the origins of human morality.

A convincing book, old but still relevant. It works much like what humans call “fairness.