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What can animals teach us about ourselves? In conversation with Frans de Waal

What can animals teach us about ourselves? In conversation with Frans de Waal

In the first episode of this series, Nick Spencer speaks to primatologist Frans de Waal. 09/11/2021

There was a time (and not so long ago) we thought animals were ‘mere machines’, incapable of inner life or emotions. Now we know better and are beginning to understand the extraordinarily rich inner life of primates and some other species.

In this episode of Reading Our Times, Nick Spencer talks to the eminent primatologist Frans de Waal about his book Mama’s Last Hug which explores the moving and fascinating world of animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves.

 


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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently ‘The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable’ (Bloomsbury, 2017), ‘The Evolution of the West’ (SPCK, 2016) and ‘Atheists: The Origin of the Species’ (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Posted 9 November 2021

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