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The first part of a two part Interview conducted September 11, 2013
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to the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show WNJc1360 AM out of Washington Township New
Jersey reaching Metro Philly and South Jersey.
Sponsored by Opednews.com. My
guest tonight is Frans de Waal, he's a Dutch-American biologist who has been
named among Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of
Primate Behavior in the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta,
Georgia, he is the director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National
Primate Research Center, and is the author of numerous books including
Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape. His latest, The Bonobo and the Atheist: In
Search of Humanism Among the Primates.
His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict
resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing. Welcome to the show.
happy to be there.
R.K.: You've been working for almost forty years with primates. What is the number one thing you have learned
in working with them?
F.W.: Well, I
have always focused on social behavior and I've always been impressed by how
intensely social they are. Of course,
when I started primates were usually depicted like all animals, as competitive
and aggressive and only selfish, and so on.
This whole view of nature as a competitive place, a dog-eat-dog world
and the main thing that I've learned is, yes, there is plenty of competition,
there's no denying that, but there's also plenty of cooperation and actually
primates live in groups, in large groups sometimes, for cooperative
reasons. Otherwise they would be living
alone, of course.
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