Topics Discussed: A Background in Ethology, The Social Organization of Chimpanzees , Supporters Make Chimps Dominant, An Instinct for Reciprocal Cooperation, Female Choice in Sexual Selection, Biology’s Victorian Beginnings , Bonobo’s Collective Dominance, Characteristics of Sex and Gender, Preferences in Types of Play, The Origin of Antisocial Behavior , The Necessity of Play, How Play Teaches Self Control, Self Socialization, Interference in Boys’ Development, The Behavior of Reconciliation, Differences in Male and Female Aggression , Peace Making vs. Peace Keeping, The Conundrum of Compassion, Competitiveness In Males and Females, Disliking the Facts of Sex Differences, How We Mismeasure Animals, Anthropomorphizing Animals, Consciousness in Animals, Sentience , Self Consciousness and Embellishment , Unconscious Olfaction , Problems with Virtualizing the World, Frans de Waal’s Intellectual Heroes.
Frans de Waal is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the Department of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory, and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics (1982) and Our Inner Ape (2005). His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.