The Age of Empathy

The Age of Empathy

Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society

By Frans de Waal

Tantor Media Inc, MP3 CD, 9781400163557

Publication Date: September 2009

Is it really human nature to stab one another in the back in our climb up the corporate ladder? Competitive, selfish behavior is often explained away as instinctive, thanks to evolution and "survival of the fittest," but, in fact, humans are equally hard-wired for empathy. Using research from the fields of anthropology, psychology, animal behavior, and neuroscience, Frans de Waal brilliantly argues that humans are group animals-highly cooperative, sensitive to injustice, and mostly peace-loving-just like other primates, elephants, and dolphins. This revelation has profound implications for everything from politics to office culture.

About the Author
Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist who has been named among Time magazine s 100 Most Influential People. The author of The Bonobo and the Atheist and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Praise For The Age of Empathy

"Alan Sklar delivers an in-depth narration of fascinating stories about the ability of mammals to show sincere empathy." ---AudioFile