On Atheists and Bonobos
A conversation with Frans de Waal

The key to understanding fundamental questions about morality, says primatologist Frans de Waal, lies with our closest ancestors: the great apes. In the nearly 40 years he’s been studying primates, Frans has witnessed first hand conflict resolution, cooperation, food sharing and many other behav...

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About Frans de Waal:
Bio

Frans de Waal is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behaviour in the Emory University Department of Psychology and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Centre.

Some Additional Resources:
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

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Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved

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Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

By Frans De Waal

Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex among Apes

By Frans de Waal

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

By Frans de Waal

Moral behavior in animals

TED Talk by Frans de Waal

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: On Cartesian Dogs and Religious Motivations (1:35)

Chapter 2: Bottom-Up Morality (4:03)

Chapter 3: Veneer Theory (11:43)

Chapter 4: The Roots of Religion (16:26)

Chapter 5: One-on-One Morality vs. Community Concern (23:04)

Chapter 6: Neo-Atheism, Evolutionary Fundamentalism, and Biological Humanism (30:09)

Chapter 7: Investigating Morality (41:26)

Chapter 8: Degrees of Optimism (53:47)

Chapter 9: Final Thoughts (56:56)

Credits (1:01:39)