Finding Morality in Animals - evidence of moral sentiments, like empathy and altruism, | Do Animals Feel Human Emotions? | Scoop.it
Two new books explore research on animals to better understand the roots of human morality and challenge human specialness.

 

In The Bonobo and the Atheist, renowned primatologist Frans de Waal argues that moral behavior in humans is not predicated on religion. Drawing from extensive research on animals—primarily bonobos and chimpanzees, our nearest primate relatives—as well as research on fossil records of early hominids, he shows how evidence of moral sentiments, like empathy and altruism, predate the advent religion by millennia and co-evolved in non-human primates as well as in humans....

 

Virginia Morell takes a slightly different, but related tack in her new book, Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures. Morell, a science writer...

 

By Jill Suttie 


Via Edwin Rutsch