Frans de Waal – the origins of morality – The Science Show

ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Are humans unique as creatures which exhibit moral behaviour? Experiments with apes and other animals are convincing researchers that humans aren’t the only animals to act in moral ways.


Today’s Science Show features a talk from this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver by biologist Frans de Waal who argues that humans share behaviours like cooperation, consolation, and even distaste for inequity with a range of other animals. It’s not just primates, but can be seen in animals such as elephants and wolves.