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Peacemaking Among Primates

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Does biology condemn the human species to violence and war? Previous studies of animal behavior incline us to answer yes, but the message of this book is considerably more optimistic. Without denying our heritage of aggressive behavior, Frans de Waal describes powerful checks and balances in the makeup of our closest animal relatives, and in so doing he shows that to human ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Harvard University Press (first published March 15th 1989)
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Marie Finnegan
My boss gave me this after a conversation about monkeys at work one day. Being the behavior geek I am it hooked me in. Overall it was very good though some of the information might be dated by today's standards. (I don't know much about the scientific studies of primate behavior.)A great read for anyone interested in monkeys and apes. Now I know more than the average person needs to know about the social dynamics of monkeys/apes. (in captive studied groups that is) It also had a section on some ...more
David Zugman
Must read for anyone who wants to understand de-escalation
Amelia
I read this for a Primate ecology and behavior class. It includes mostly anecdotes but de Waal applies these anecdotes in a way that is creative yet also scientifically valid.
Melissa
Learned more about primates than I ever thought possible but the Bonobos section was truly fascinating - provided some valuable insight into human nature.
Barry Behrstock
A interesting addition to the degree that reciprocal altruism and cooperation exist within the primate culture
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"Frans B.M. de Waal, PhD (born 29 October 1948, 's-Hertogenbosch), is a Dutch psychologist, primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior in the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics an ...more
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