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Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Frans B.M de Waal
Wed March 9th 2016, 6:00 - 8:00pm
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Iranian Studies Program
Cemex Auditorium, Knight Building
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Frontiers of Science Interdisciplinary Project Presents:

“Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans”

A lecture by Frans B.M de Waal

Does morality come from God, as many religions believe, offering a foundation of theocracy, or could there be biological explanations that have more to do with evolution than Divine design? In this lecture, De Waal will discuss the sense of fairness in animals and will review expressions of empathy in animals.        

Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. He is currently C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.

A joint project with the Laboratory of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology at Stanford University Medical School and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

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