Author and primatologist Frans de Waal talks about great apes, not-so-great humans, animal emotions and anthropodenial with Skaana (@Skaanapod) host Mark Leiren-Young (@leirenyoung).
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For more on the life and work of Frans de Waal
- His new book – Different – what can apes teach us about sex and gender? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/17/frans-de-waal-in-other-primates-i-dont-find-the-kind-of-intolerance-we-have
- His Ted Talk – Do Animals Have Morals http://www.ted.com/talks/frans_de_waal_do_animals_have_morals
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1:30 – Intro
3:35 – Defining anthropodenial.
6:05 – Anthropomorphism and primates.
7:02 – “That’s the interesting part is we are so human-centric that we can deal with facial expressions, but not with the expressions of an elephant who do a lot of things was their trunk and ears, but their face is not very mobile.”
8:31 – Are humans a “successful” species?
11:05 – On human exceptionalism. “People always want to be special.”
12:40 – “If related species show similar behavior under similar circumstances, you have to use the same terminology because the psychology behind it is probably similar too.”
13:28 – How science’s relationship with anthropomorphism is changing.
14:40 – Laughing chimps.
16:15 -Why primatologists use names for apes not numbers.
17:58 – Animals and grief. “All animals that have attachments can also grieve.”
20:30 -“I’m not against humanizing animals or animalizing humans.”
22:49 – Survival of the kindest versus survival of the fittest.
26:00 – Talking about his book Mama’s Last Hug.
27:40 – Gender roles in bonobos.
30:05 – Bonobos solve problems with sex.
32:46 – Is there resistance to de Waal’s work and theories?
34:27 – His thoughts on animal personhood and the rights of animals.
36:30 – How he became interested in animals and animal behaviour.
42:34 – How he began working with chimpanzees.
46:32 – Becoming friends with apes.
47:25 – Animal communication and “dialect”.
51:12 – On being a cat person. “I consider cats extremely social.”
52:10 – Talking to the Dalai Lama about empathy. “I think empathy is found in all the mammals.”