Frans de Waal "Morality before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and Prosocial Primates"

Sponsored by Program in Human Biology


Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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Jhumki Basu Memorial Lecture in "Science & Adventure"

Prof. Frans B.M. de Waal is a Dutch/American behavioral biologist known for his work on the social intelligence of primates. In this lecture, the acclaimed author of The Age of Empathy (2009) shows how empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans. In his work with monkeys and apes, de Waal has found many cases of one individual coming to another’s rescue and he argues that understanding empathy’s survival value in evolution can help to build a more just society based on a more accurate view of human nature. De Waal is a Professor of Psychology at Emory, Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center, and a member of both the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Sreyashi Jhumki Basu, '98 HumBio, a dedicated teacher and science educator, worked passionately to create paths through science for neglected and disadvantaged students and to remove inequities in the teaching of science in America and access to higher education. http://jhumkibasu.org/bio.html

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