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Finding Morality in Animals - evidence of moral sentiments, like empathy and altruism,

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
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Americans today tend to believe that human beings are somehow superior in their capacity to experience emotions.  I've always believed that animals feel sensations of excitement, sadness, love and disappointment. In this article,  Jill Suttie Argues that animals do feel human emotions.  According to Suttie, "evidence of moral sentiments, like empathy and altruism predate the advent of religion by millenia."  I agree that animals have a sense of morality, because my own experience owning pets confirms it.  When my cats misbehave, they know it and behave differenty to show it. In short, humans are not the only beings that have an emotional life.    

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Rescooped by Caroline Hopper from Empathy and Compassion
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Finding Morality in Animals - evidence of moral sentiments, like empathy and altruism,

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
Caroline Hopper's insight:

Americans today tend to believe that human beings are somehow superior in their capacity to experience emotions.  I've always believed that animals feel sensations of excitement, sadness, love and disappointment. In this article,  Jill Suttie Argues that animals do feel human emotions.  According to Suttie, "evidence of moral sentiments, like empathy and altruism predate the advent of religion by millenia."  I agree that animals have a sense of morality, because my own experience owning pets confirms it.  When my cats misbehave, they know it and behave differenty to show it. In short, humans are not the only beings that have an emotional life.    

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