The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society

Version: Unabridged
Author: Frans Waal
Narrator: Alan Sklar
Genres: Science & Technology, Social Science
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Is it really human nature to stab one another in the back in our climb up the corporate ladder? Competitive, selfish behavior is often explained away as instinctive, thanks to evolution and 'survival of the fittest,' but, in fact, humans are equally hard-wired for empathy.

Using research from the fields of anthropology, psychology, animal behavior, and neuroscience, Frans de Waal brilliantly argues that humans are group animals-highly cooperative, sensitive to injustice, and mostly peace-loving-just like other primates, elephants, and dolphins. This revelation has profound implications for everything from politics to office culture.

Author Details

Author Details

De Waal, Frans

Frans de Waal is C. H. Candler Professor of Psychology at Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution at the Yerkes Primate Center in Atlanta. His many books include "The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections by a Primatologist "(2001), "Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals "(1996), and "Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape "(California, 1997).

Waal, Frans

Frans de Waal, Ph.D., is a biologist and ethologist, world-renowned for his work on the social intelligence of primates such as chimpanzees, bonobos, capuchins, and macaques, and the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Ape and the Sushi Master.