Panel Discussion with Frans de Waal - "Being Human: Ethics, Religion, and our Ancestry"

Frans de Waal (ethology and primatology, Emory University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center), Gavin Flood (comparative religious studies, Yale-NUS College), and John van Wyhe (history and biology, National University of Singapore), will discuss what we can learn from animal behaviours that we can apply to the people and to the human condition. The panel will address questions about relationship between animal and human behaviour, empathy and the nature of moral behaviours, what we do “naturally” compared to what we do upon contemplation, and our interactions within and among groups.

This panel discussion will include both prepared questions and moderated questions from the audience.

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About Frans de Waal

Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American ethologist and biologist known for his work on the behaviour and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982) compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Ever since, de Waal has drawn parallels between primate and human behaviour, from peacemaking and morality to culture. His scientific work has been published in technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and outlets specialized in animal behaviour. His popular books – translated into over twenty languages – have made him one of the world’s most visible primatologists. His latest books are The Bonobo and the Atheist (Norton, 2013) and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016).

De Waal is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also Distinguished Professor at Utrecht University. He has been elected to the (US) National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was selected by Time as one of The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today, and in 2011 by Discover as among 47 (all time) Great Minds of Science.

Wed Mar 8, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:40 PM SGT
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Performance Hall, Yale-NUS College, 18 College Avenue West 138528
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