This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and primatologist Frans de Waal, Emory University, who is renowned for his work on the behaviour and social intelligence of primates. This thought-provoking conversation examines fascinating questions such as: Are we born with an innate sense of “the good”? Do we learn from others what is “wrong”? Does religion determine, or is it a result of, morality?
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Aping Morality, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Denying Our Inner Animal - Cartesian dogs, religious baggage and false dichotomies
Morality and Evolution - Between chimpanzees and bonobos
The Demise of Veneer Theory - Science discovers human cooperation and empathy
The Roots of Religion - A sociological approach
Community Concern - Chimpanzee groups and Golden Rules
Beyond Theatrics - Reconciling science, religion and mortality
American Exceptionalism - Speculations on religiosity
Testing Morality - Fairness, cooperation, risk-taking and more
Reasons for Optimism - Positive behaviour throughout the animal world
Breaking Down Barriers - Towards species continuity
About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series
This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).