Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist. He teaches at Emory University and directs the Living Links Center for the Study of Ape and Human Evolution, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his popular books, such as Chimpanzee Politics (1982), Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (1997) and The Age of Empathy (2009). He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
Biology gives us the general moral sense and the general ability to develop a moral system but the specific rules that we apply in our society are not necessarily given by biology.
Bonobos have sex with everybody basically all the time. Well, not everybody.
I feel this tendency to come up with an evolutionary explanation for basically everything under the sun is not needed.
The ultimatum game is the ultimate test of fairness, and chimpanzees passed the test by going for the fair options.
Darwin literally said that many of the social instincts, as he called it, of the animals are represented in our human morality.
Darwin may not have seen that a seemingly altruistic primate can also be quite disastrously aggressive.
There are many people who love Bonobos precisely for the reason that they are what they are.
Adoption is very common in the human species even though you don’t get much back from it.
I study animals not to understand humans necessarily although that has become my business, of course.