He also offers a very balanced view of both religion and atheism.
His insight into primate behavior and the relationship and characteristics we share with other primates like the bonobo are truly enlightening.
What better time to have one of the world's wisest primate ethologists remind us of morality's "humble beginnings".
My daughter recommended this book. It is well written and quite interesting if you are into they why's... of human nature. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Patient Advocate
De Waal's goal in this book is to show that, contrary to "top down" theories of morality that require a god or some other entity to lay out and enforce moral rules, morality has... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Doctor Moss
Frans de Waal is probably the least defensive atheist in the world. A large part of the book supports a subordinate thesis that: it's not science versus religion that is behind the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by J. Richard Box
Fran's de Waal knows his primates and I wish he'd spent more time in this book talking about bonobos. Instead, he rails against the New Atheists and evolutionary theory. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Oliver
SUPERB discussion and objective analysis of the author's years of observation of Bonobos' and Chimpanzees' caring behaviors. Especially the Bonobos ! Read morePublished 1 month ago by delmar greenleaf
Frans de Waal is a very accomplished primatologist, and in addition, he also possesses the rare gift for elegant prose. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MCSquared
The writer has much to say, and good credentials for saying it, but his book lacks focus and organization along the way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ezzie
This charming book is full of profound research that will keep you thinking for months. I have purchased extra copies for friends so that we could discuss many of its implications... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BS
And interesting concept, somewhat backed up with scientific observations by Mr. de Wall. My only complaint might be that the conclusions seem to be based on sketchy observations of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by corvus corax