Frans de Waal

Event has passed (Thu Apr 18, 2013 - Thu Apr 18, 2013)
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF)
7:00 pm
City, Educational Event


Are we biologically wired to be moral? Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal (Our Inner Ape, Chimpanzee Politics) shares highlights from pioneering research showing that our moral nature stems from our primate social emotions, evidenced by chimpanzees who soothe distressed neighbors and bonobos who offer companions their own food. Frans de Waal has been named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. His new book is The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates.

"After reading this very lucid and entertaining account by the world authority on primate social behavior, it will be impossible to ever again see the ‘antics’ of monkeys and apes as pure simple instinct, or to think of the human species as risen above the biosphere."
– Edward O. Wilson, author of The Social Conquest of Earth


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