Frans de Waal


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in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
October 29, 1948

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Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Are We Smart Enough to Know...

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The Bonobo and the Atheist:...

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Our Inner Ape: A Leading Pr...

4.14 avg rating — 2,919 ratings — published 2005 — 30 editions
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The Age of Empathy: Nature'...

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Chimpanzee Politics: Power ...

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The Ape and the Sushi Maste...

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Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape

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Good Natured: The Origins o...

4.07 avg rating — 342 ratings — published 1996 — 11 editions
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Peacemaking Among Primates

4.22 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 1989
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“The enemy of science is not religion... . The true enemy is the substitution of thought, reflection, and curiosity with dogma.”
Frans de Waal

“If we look straight and deep into a chimpanzee's eyes, an intelligent self-assured personality looks back at us. If they are animals, what must we be?”
Frans de Waal

“Friedrich Nietzsche, who famously gave us the ‘God is dead’ phrase was interested in the sources of morality. He warned that the emergence of something (whether an organ, a legal institution, or a religious ritual) is never to be confused with its acquired purpose: ‘Anything in existence, having somehow come about, is continually interpreted anew, requisitioned anew, transformed and redirected to a new purpose.’

This is a liberating thought, which teaches us to never hold the history of something against its possible applications. Even if computers started out as calculators, that doesn’t prevent us from playing games on them. (47) (quoting Nietzsche, the Genealogy of Morals)”
Frans de Waal, The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

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