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De Waal Good natured Blog 13

By Chino Onwuka
I feel like De Waals theory that animal behavior suggesting morality and kindness is the evolutionary start to morality in humans is just that a theory. I am not going to say it’s wrong because at the end of the day humanities morality had to come from somewhere. It makes more sense than our original conventional beliefs those religious institutions- not religion- is the grounds for why we are good. As of the wall as it might seem at first, His work helps us to better understand both the likenesses and differences among the behaviors of humans, and chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and various kinds monkeys. It is important for us to know if of our intricate behaviors are determined when we are born. De Waal states that this knowledge can help us to know which, if any, features of present day society can be changed or if we just have to learn to cope with. I think this can potentially be a gateway to finding out such things as if certain individuals are born criminals or not. De Waals makes a lot of good points in his comparison with primates but I think that more research has to be done before we decide whether or not we can make the claim that morality is inbred.

empathy De waal

De Waal speaks about the evolution of empathy and the origins, In this video.