We’re not naturally nasty, says scientist Frans de Waal

Humans are not as competitive, aggressive and brutish as early theories suggest, according to new research…



During his address, Dr de Waal showed the audience videos from laboratories revealing the emotional distress of a monkey denied a treat that another monkey received, and of a rat giving up chocolate in order to help another rat escape from a trap.

“Human morality is unthinkable without empathy,” he said.


But he told reporters the research also shows animals bestow their empathy on animals they are familiar with in their “in-group”, and said that natural tendency posed a challenge in a globalised human world. 


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