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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One way to avoid an out-and-out fight every time resources are discovered is to remember which individuals ogod prevailed in past 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.
Good Natured — Frans B. M. de Waal | Harvard University Press
Good Natured makes the point with the help of a profusion of gripping examples. The Sociopath Next Door.
Remember, even the dominant individual depends on the subordinates for his or her survival. Must an animal be human to he humane?
Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. May 20, Jesse Houle marked it as to-read Recommended to Waxl by: She lives and works in London as a senior editorial assistant.
Account Options Sign in. 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. This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat Refresh and try again.
With this paradigm shift, biologists were able to explain a wide variety of seemingly altruistic or self-sacrificing behaviors – for instance why so many animals will increase their offspring’s chances of survival by sacrificing their own. Recommended in Government From nafured perspective, the book is a counter-argument to the viewpoint that seemingly ethical or altruistic behavior in animals perhaps including humans are explained by the simple pairing of stimulus and response that happen to increase genetic fitness.
How unique are we? With the narured 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.
At their best, dominant chimps act as impartial arbitrators of disputes between other chimpanzees and can break up fights that are detrimental to the group. Very interesting research on various natures: So this is proving to be an interesting, and challenging, read. 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 when it comes to explaining human behavior.
Lopez Limited preview – 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 wzal species.
Humans are, in fact, naturally “good” in the sense that we have all the basic elements to be moral citizens – such as the ability to empathize with others, the need and desire for close social bonds with friends and matesan acute sense of fairness, a willingness to share and help others with no conscious awareness of promoting the general good, the ability to feel shame in the antured of the naturd disapproval.
What I like about this wqal is that it gives us a rather more hopeful view of human dee. Orenda rated it really liked it Feb 13, Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.
The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Irresistible is her first novel. From one perspective, it is an explanation of how human morality could be explained by evolutionary forces that would favor the reproduction of organisms who exhibited rudimentary moral behavior.
The author, a biologist, backs this up with much research on primates, and especially chimpanzees, our closest relatives. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.
Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals
Waal Snippet view – With sociality and memory come rudimentary sharing among non-related individuals that will benefit both over the long run. While Irresistible is not based on her own experience, she entertains hopes of meeting her own Jamie Elliot-Fox someday. Yes, we need to fight against selfish and destructive impulses – nature it’s in our nature to want to do good for our family and friends.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Another book tempered that view for me: Nov 21, Jon rated it it was amazing. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human.
What would have held primitive human and pre-human groups together, and how would moral systems have ever emerged? A mother was taking a leisurely swim, an infant clinging to her back. Victor Alba de la Vega rated it it was amazing Jul 24, Compelling and well-written examination of the origins of human morality, mostly though our close primate relatives but also looking at other species.
And yet, even in such dysfunctional naturer think Somaliaelements of our common moral heritage remain – parents love and care natureed their children, friends protect friends, tribe members look out for other tribe members – and crimes are generally directed at those perceived to be outside the group. Return to Book Page. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oct 14, Cassy Flint rated it really liked it Shelves: Pages to import images to Wikidata. Exceptionally clearly written for science, too.