Quotes by Frans de Waal

"The enemy of science is not religion... . The true enemy is the substitution of thought, reflection, and curiosity with dogma."
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"If we look straight and deep into a chimpanzee's eyes, an intelligent self-assured personality looks back at us. If they are animals, what must we be?"
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"Perhaps it's just me, but I am wary of any persons whose belief system is the only thing standing between them and repulsive behavior."
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"Friedrich Nietzsche, who famously gave us the ‘God is dead’ phrase was interested in the sources of morality. He warned that the emergence of something (whether an organ, a legal institution, or a religious ritual) is never to be confused with its acquired purpose: ‘Anything in existence, having somehow come about, is continually interpreted anew, requisitioned anew, transformed and redirected to a new purpose.’

This is a liberating thought, which teaches us to never hold the history of something against its possible applications. Even if computers started out as calculators, that doesn’t prevent us from playing games on them. (47) (quoting Nietzsche, the Genealogy of Morals)"
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"Being both more systematically brutal than chimps and more empathetic than bonobos, we are by far the most bipolar ape. Our societies are never completely peaceful, never completely competitive, never ruled by sheer selfishness, and never perfectly moral."
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Books by Frans de Waal

  • The Descent of Man
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  • November 27th 2007 by Plume Books

    (first published February 24th 1871)

Frans de Waal
  • Frans de Waal

  • Date of birth: October 29, 1948
  • Born: in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

  • Description: Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, 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 Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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