Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"The Bonobo and the Atheist" (video)

Wisdom Quarterly;
A female primate stares into the eyes of a baby bonobo, our closest evolutionary relative.
The Bonobo and the Atheist
"Science is not inherently evil [but merely situationally-evil and motivated by money]. Science is not inherently good. And so I don't know what to do with people who argue that science is going to be the solution to building a moral society" (Frans de Waal, biologist and author of The Bonobo and the Atheist).

In The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, primatologist Frans de Waal explores traits like empathy and fairness in our closest relatives, bonobos and chimpanzees, and argues that human morality [Buddhist sila] is not the product of rational thought or religion. Rather, it evolved long ago. LISTEN

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