Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals | Video on TED.com
Frans de Waal describes some clever experiments that showcase examples of morality in the animal kingdom. The most interesting, or the most easy to parallel to human sense of morality, is exhibited toward the end of the video and involves a pair of Capuchin monkeys. I won’t ruin the surprise- as hilarious as it is to watch- but feel free to comment about the struggle of the 99% below 😉
Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Ever since, de Waal has drawn parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality to culture. His scientific work has been published in hundreds of technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and outlets specialized in animal behavior.
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