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Frans de Waal (1948–2024)

Teoksen Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? tekijä

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Frans De Waal has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. The author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University's Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate näytä lisää Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (2016) 1,123 kappaletta, 46 arvostelua
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society (2009) 428 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved (2006) 362 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes (1982) 352 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (1997) 228 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist (2022) 161 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Peacemaking among Primates (1988) 126 kappaletta
Natural Conflict Resolution (2000) — Toimittaja — 25 kappaletta

Associated Works

Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Avustaja, eräät painokset661 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Best American Science Writing 2006 (2006) — Avustaja — 263 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition (2007) — Esipuhe — 51 kappaletta
Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence (2016) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset46 kappaletta
The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now (2011) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution (2012) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Anthropomorphism, Anecdotes and Animals (1996) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
On Being Moved: From Mirror Neurons to Empathy (2007) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Monkeys and Apes in the Wild (2007) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset5 kappaletta
Les grands singes : L'humanité au fond des yeux (2005) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset2 kappaletta

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Frans de Waal, contrapõe a ideia economicista do "salve-se quem puder" e do darwinismo social da "sobrevivência do indivíduo mais apto" com a empatia. A empatia não como algo recente e exclusivamente humano, mas como processo de sobrevivência na linha evolutiva, "a união faz a força".

O livro é escrito de forma simples, claramente científica mas sem termos incompreensíveis para o leigo, ligeiramente repetitivo na forma, mas sempre interessante e bem documentado. A sua especialização em símios é clara, e passamos aproximadamente 75% do livro a falar da empatia nestes, o objetivo sendo a proverbial matrioska dos processos empáticos.

O maior defeito do livro é ter imensas notas no fim deste, mas estas não estarem assinaladas ao longo do texto, obrigando a uma quase segunda leitura quando queremos ver as mesmas.

É no entanto um livro recomendável, tanto a quem conhece a temática e concorda com a mesma, como a "inimigos" ideológicos da importância da empatia evolutiva para a sociedade humana.
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AlexandreBarata | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 28, 2024 |
A worldwide pandemic and an American presidential election year turns out to be a fascinating time to read Mama's Last Hug. I am grateful for the work de Waal and others have brought to our awareness and acceptance of emotions in all animals, particularly the non-human ones. We have a long way to go in understanding the full impact and integration of emotions in humans and non-humans alike, but progress is being made.
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Flowercreek | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 24, 2024 |
3 stars: Enjoyed parts of it


From amazon: Hailed as a classic, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognition―in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobos―to reveal how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long. Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal―and human―intelligence.


I wanted to like this book more than I did. Written by one of the world's leading primatologists, it focuses on primates mostly, though the description is contrary. The central thesis is that our testing methodology is so biased towards Homo Sapien intelligence that we don't recognize the biases and when the biases are removed, many mammals/birds have more intelligence than we tend to be willing to recognize. That's not a surprise to me but I didn't find the work very engaging. He does note a test about magpies (corvid family) that have been proven to recognize themselves in the mirror, as the only non-primate so tested to do so.
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PokPok | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 27, 2024 |
Looks at a lot of the research, and some anecdotal evidence, on the nature versus urture or instinct versus culture debate. He was preaching to the choir in my case, so its hard to gauge how compelling his arguments would have been to a skeptic. I am quite sure that man is an animal and shares many of his experiences and ways of reacting to them with his primate cousins and even some more distant relatives
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cspiwak | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 6, 2024 |



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