Animals Have Feelings, According to a Primatologist

Humans aren't that special. Primatologist Frans de Waal says animals are capable of feeling empathy, too. 🐵❤️

Some of the theories still face strong resistance.

For over 40 years, primatologist Frans de Waal has been debunking myths about differences between animals and humans. Animals emotions have long been ignored. But he says our emotions are more similar than we think — beginning with empathy. Studies show that primates have a similar sense of fairness. He believes the roots of morality are seen in the social behavior of monkeys and apes.

“What we should learn is that we are primates, we are not different really, we have bigger brains, we have no different brains. There's nothing in our brain that is not in a chimpanzee brain. Our need for social relationships, our need for affection and love, our ways of we resolve conflict between each other, all these things are extremely similar. The chimpanzee communicates all these shades of emotion that we have but we don't always see that. I noticed that for example chimpanzees have one chimpanzee has lost a fight, others will go over and embrace them and kiss them and try to calm them down. People didn't want to hear about empathy in animals. If animals kill each other we want to hear about that, because that's what animals are supposed to do, but empathy was not part of the concept that people had about animals.”

His research into the innate capacity for empathy among primates has led De Waal to the conclusion that non-human great apes and humans are simply different types of apes, and that empathic and cooperative tendencies are continuous between these species. The idea behind the animal origins of human characteristics was introduced by Charles Darwin in 1872. Some of the theories still face strong resistance. Often criticized for “anthropomorphism” — the attribution of human characteristics to animals — de Waal has shed light on the negative effects of denying this — or “anthropodenial.”


08/10/2019 6:02 PM
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  • Kris G.
    08/26/2019 00:16

    Maybe it had something to do with journalists breaking into his house and him being harrassed by the police 🤷

  • Ezra N.
    08/25/2019 19:27

    “A harassment campaign that targeted a number of female video game developers..” okay so that’s just a lie.

  • Melody J.
    08/25/2019 02:01

    Shiiiit ppl gonna do what they want no matter what. I've never even heard of this forum🤷🤷

  • Robert C.
    08/24/2019 14:20

    It was posted on Instagram first... nice try

  • Devin A.
    08/24/2019 11:03

    Well social media made it ok to say whatever you want with no consequence. So theres that too, it's not just 8chan.

  • Bratt C.
    08/23/2019 12:32

    Now for 4chan to be taken down.

  • Hunter B.
    08/21/2019 16:35

    Anyone have a new place to go

  • Sy S.
    08/17/2019 03:47

    So when is Instagram getting g taken down?

  • Darryl R.
    08/16/2019 21:28

    He was actually running away from it not trying to destroy it

  • Peter Z.
    08/13/2019 15:47

    I guess we shouldn't breathe air anymore, seeing that all mass shooters breathe air...

  • Stephen W.
    08/12/2019 21:15

    So... dude makes 8chan so people can harass female game devs. Now, he regrets it once muhfuggas start shooting up places? Total angel here...

  • Carole M.
    08/12/2019 01:50

    He founded 8chan as a free speech friendly 4chan alternative in 2013, defended its use by advocates of Gamergate in 2014, and cut ties with it in 2018 after it began to be used by perpatrators of mass shooters. There is nothing written or reported what political affiliation he leans towards Olayinka Adedapo.

  • Mary F.
    08/11/2019 21:19

    I have heard it said he didnt write the manifesto..

  • Olayinka A.
    08/10/2019 08:07

    This is the leader of Trump supporters?

  • Susan P.
    08/09/2019 20:34

    So unmake it!

  • Kiandriah M.
    08/09/2019 18:44

    This world is over. I hope we get a new one and don't mess it up

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    08/09/2019 18:23

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