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Primatologist And Author: Morality Wasn’t Invented By Religion

Frans de Waal TED talk

Primatologist And Author: Morality Wasn't Invented By Religion


Frans de Waal, Ph.D., professor of primate behavior, Emory University psychology department


Primatologist and author Frans de Waal's research shows several species of mammals exhibit morality. Capuchin monkeys he said, show an understanding of fairness. Chimpanzees show empathy.

"I'm arguing that human morality has an evolutionary origin. It's not something that was invented by religion, it's not necessarily something imposed by religion. Religion may add to it and help," said de Waal, Ph.D.

De Waal is a professor of primate behavior in Emory University's psychology department. His latest book is "Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?"

De Waal is speaking on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union as part of the Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series at SDSU.

De Waal joined Midday Edition Tuesday, ahead of the event, to share his research findings and what he believes they show.

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