"An vital and well timed message in regards to the organic roots of human kindness."
—Desmond Morris, writer of The bare Ape
Are we our brothers' keepers? can we have an intuition for compassion? Or are we, as is frequently assumed, basically in the world to serve our personal survival and pursuits? during this thought-provoking e-book, the acclaimed writer of Our internal Ape examines how empathy comes clearly to a superb number of animals, together with people.
By learning social behaviors in animals, similar to bonding, the herd intuition, the forming of trusting alliances, expressions of comfort, and clash answer, Frans de Waal demonstrates that animals–and humans–are "preprogrammed to arrive out." He has chanced on that chimpanzees deal with buddies which are wounded by means of leopards, elephants provide "reassuring rumbles" to little ones in misery, and dolphins aid ill partners close to the water's floor to avoid them from drowning. From day one people have innate sensitivities to faces, our bodies, and voices; we have now been designed to think for one another.
De Waal's idea runs counter to the belief that people are inherently egocentric, which are visible within the fields of politics, legislation, and finance, and whichseems to be evidenced by means of the present greed-driven inventory industry cave in. yet he cites the public's outrage on the U.S. government's loss of empathy within the wake of typhoon Katrina as an important shift in perspective–one that helped Barack Obama turn into elected and ushered in what may turn into an Age of Empathy. via a greater knowing of empathy's survival worth in evolution, de Waal indicates, we will be able to interact towards a extra simply society in keeping with a extra beneficiant and actual view of human nature.
Written in layman's prose with a wealth of anecdotes, wry humor, and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is vital interpreting for our embattled times.
From the Hardcover edition.