The Bonobo and the Atheist - A Lecture by Frans de Waal

This event is a production of Emory University and is co-sponsored by the Department of Biology, the Office of the President, the Office of Religious Life, the Center for Ethics, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and the Population, Biology, Ecology & Evolution graduate program.

The lecture will be held in room 208 of White Hall (webpage). Recommended parking: Oxford Road Parking Deck and Fishburne Parking Deck.

There will be a book signing and reception in White Hall lobby following the lecture.

Look for Marc Merlin after the lecture if you're interested in dinner. We'll come up with some sort of divide and conquer plan to get everyone fed and socialized.


The Bonobo and the Atheist - A Lecture by Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal
C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior
Emory University

Frans de Waal's research has shown that animals have many of the features that are generally attributed exclusively to humans, including conflict resolution, cooperation, and empathy. In his latest book, he argues that human morality is not imposed from above, but comes from within. Based on his research on primates, he concludes that religion emerged in addition to our natural instincts for empathy and cooperation.

Frans de Waal is C.H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He studied primatology in the Netherlands and joined Emory University's Psychology department and Yerkes Primate Research Center in 1991. De Waal was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2007.

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  • Stefanie T.

    The lecture was great. Motivated me to read de Waal.

    April 6, 2013

  • Kathleen

    As always a very interesting lecture!

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Alice W

    Particularly interesting were the comments regarding morality.

    April 4, 2013

  • Alice W

    Entertaining and thought provoking.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Kathy

    Extremely well-presented and thought stimulating lecture. Thanks!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Chao H

    Thank you Dr. de Waal for the great talk! I'll be looking up his other books as well.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Joel

    Talks like these are the reason the Atlanta Science Tavern is the most exciting meetup. Thanks to all who made this possible.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Laurie

    This was one of the best lectures I've attended! But, then again, I am partial to primates.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Daniel K.

    Fascinating talk. Well worth it.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • judicarter

    I really enjoyed the lecture! It was entertaining and insightful.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Mark M.

    Great lecturer, interesting research ...

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Laurie

    We are at 1627 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA for dinner.

    April 3, 2013

    • Laurie

      Marlows's Tavern

      April 3, 2013

  • Kay W

    I did my best to get there. :-( Encountered two accidents, turned around and came home. I can't get to Emory at 6:30 in the evening unless I am already in town. Sorry to have missed this.

    April 3, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    It was good.

    April 3, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    Great lecture. I loved it.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    It took me an hour to come from Sandy Springs and got here just after it started.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Roy G.

    I should remember not to try to come to something at Emory if I can't get here 30 mins early.

    April 3, 2013

  • David M.

    Still plenty of seats

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for info on free parking.

    April 3, 2013

  • Allison B.

    Well, looks like I won't be able to attend. :(. Enjoy the lecture!

    April 3, 2013

  • connie

    There are even more places to eat just east of campus at N Decatur & Clairmont, on Clairmont just north of N Decatur, and near Toco Hills at LaVista & N Druid Hills.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is a good place nearby to eat?

    April 3, 2013

    • David M.

      Bad dog taqueria is great!

      April 3, 2013

  • Allison B.

    Marc and all, I'll be coming from a class in the Vinings area that lets out at 6pm, so I may be arriving at the last minute, but I am still planning to be there. :)

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Marc M.

    Arrive early, if you can. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a standing room only event. We cannot guarantee anyone a seat.

    Also, with more than 20 people expressing an interest in dinner, we will have to be flexible with our dining plans. (Keep in mind, Everybody's Pizza has closed.) Here's a list of dining places in Emory Village).

    Bad Dog Taqueria
    Chipotle Mexican Grill
    Dave's Cosmic Subs
    Doc Chey's Noodle House
    Falafel King
    Panera Bread
    Purple Corkscrew Wine Bar
    Romeo's New York Pizza
    Saba
    Tin Drum Asiacafé

    There are also a couple of Starbucks in the neighborhood.

    Look for me in the lobby after the lecture and we'll devise a some sort of divide and conquer strategy for getting everyone fed and socialized.

    See Don's notes below about free parking availability. Here's a link for general parking information.

    http://arts.emory.edu/plan-your-visit/parking/index.html

    April 3, 2013

  • Beverly F.

    Hate to miss this talk but I'm plumb tuckered out.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something work related came up. Darn! I'm going to miss it.

    April 3, 2013

  • judicarter

    I am excited to hear Frans de Waal. I have read some of his books and loved them. This will be my first Science Tavern event. See you tonight. I would like to do dinner also.

    April 3, 2013

  • Don

    Free parking on weekdays at Emory is available...

    after 5 p.m. in the Peavine and Lowergate South parking decks

    after 6 p.m. in the Fishburne parking deck

    after 7 p.m. in the Oxford parking deck

    LINK: http://arts.emory.edu/plan-your-visit/parking/index.html

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Watched his TED talk. Very engaging speaker.

    April 1, 2013

  • Jeff

    I truly regret...

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dinner, Yes.

    March 31, 2013

  • Kay W

    I would like to join for dinner also. This will be the first event I could attend. Looking forward to it.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Sharon

    Emory is a closer commute than the zoo! Will try to get there.

    March 27, 2013

  • Clara

    I'm in.

    March 26, 2013

  • connie

    dinner also

    March 26, 2013

  • michael h.

    I'm up for dinner please

    March 25, 2013

  • James P.

    I would like to join for dinner too.

    March 24, 2013

  • Alice W

    Please include me for dinner.

    March 24, 2013

  • Allison B.

    I'll plan to attend dinner, too.

    March 24, 2013

  • Juanita P.

    Yes, I'd like to join in for dinner.

    March 24, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Dinner too.

    March 24, 2013

  • Alan M.

    I'm in for dinner.

    March 24, 2013

  • Alan W.

    Will meet you for dinner too

    March 23, 2013

  • Sam Skinner, P.

    Put my name in for dinner as well.

    March 23, 2013

  • Chao H

    Will like to join dinner

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now that's my kind of topic!

    March 23, 2013

  • Goran

    I will probably join for dinner.

    March 23, 2013

  • Dorothy E.

    Coming to dinner too.

    March 23, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    Coming to dinner as well.

    March 21, 2013

  • Kathy

    Yes on the restaurant, too.

    March 21, 2013

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