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Lecture: "Primate Morality" by Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal was the keynote speaker at the annual American Cetacean Society conference in early November.  In case you missed it, his presentation was riveting, enlightening, and left me thinking differently about the World and its inhabitants.  I'm sure this will be a good presentation and look forward to seeing him again.  Here is your chance to see the keynote speaker, in San Francisco.

Are we biologically wired to be moral?

Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal (Our Inner ApeChimpanzee Politics) shares highlights from pioneering research showing that our moral nature stems from our primate social emotions, evidenced by chimpanzees who soothe distressed neighbors and bonobos who offer companions their own food.

Frans de Waal has been named amongTimemagazine’s 100 Most Influential People. His new book is The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates.

"After reading this very lucid and entertaining account by the world authority on primate social behavior, it will be impossible to ever again see the ‘antics’ of monkeys and apes as pure simple instinct, or to think of the human species as risen above the biosphere."
– Edward O. Wilson, author of The Social Conquest of Earth

Purchase tickets here:

Meet up at 6:15 in the cafe, presentation begins at 7.


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  • Sailor D.

    Thought-provoking presentation on scientific discoveries about behavior and interactions of judging, thinking, perceiving creatures both human and non-human, but close to it.

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • mary ann c.

    I look forward to this lecture and meeting other members of the Society. My interest in human behavior and formal education in primatology had me following Dr. de Waal's prolific and popular writings for some years.

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • Peter L.

    This was an extraordinary lecture, which was delivered in San Diego, and points the way to a new understanding of the way we perceive larger mammals.
    Anyone at all interested in animal protection and morality towards living beings ought to attend.

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Karen

    Do we need to buy tickets for this event?

    April 1, 2013

    • Sailor D.

      Yes. The event posting above says "Purchase tickets here:" and gives the link.

      April 1, 2013

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