Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Moral behavior in animals



Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share. 

The two video clips I showed in class are from this TED talk. The whole talk (only 17 minutes) is well worth watching.

If you are one of the few people to have NOT watched Battle at Kruger on YouTube (71 million views!)  then you should watch it now. 

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