The Bonobo and the Atheist

Frans de Waal
In conversation with primatologist Amy Parish
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Episode Summary

Esteemed primatologist de Waal discusses his pioneering research on primate behavior, the latest findings in evolutionary biology, and insights from moral philosophy to prove that morality does not require the specters of God or the law of man.

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Participant(s) Bio

Frans de Waal is the author of Our Inner Ape, Chimpanzee Politics, The Age of Empathy, and most recently, The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates.  He has been named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department.

Dr. Amy Parish is a biological anthropologist, primatologist, and Darwinian feminist, who has conducted ground-breaking research on patterns of female dominance and matriarchal social structure in one of our closest living relatives, the bonobo.    Formerly a professor at the University of Southern California for 13 years, she is now affiliated faculty at Georgetown University and a research associate at University College London.  Parish is currently working on a book about love, marriage, and the experience of being a wife.