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They look like they're fighting—but in fact these two bonobos are playing.

What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

By Frans de Waal | March 3, 2015

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.

 
  

Past Stories

Relationship Trust Quiz

By Gregg Sparkman | October 27, 2011
 

One Tip for Kids’ School Success

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 27, 2011
 

Teach Kids to Be Lucky

By Christine Carter | October 26, 2011
 
a behind-the-scenes peek...

Video: Teach Kids to Be Lucky

By Christine Carter | October 26, 2011

Who doesn't want their kids to feel "lucky"?

 

How to Get Doctors to Give a Hand

By Melissa Janson | October 26, 2011

Study suggests appealing to altruism increases hand washing in hospitals.

 

Here’s How Mindful You Are

By Jason Marsh | October 25, 2011

Results from the Greater Good mindfulness quiz.

 

When Dwelling on a Mistake is a Good Idea

By Christine Carter | October 24, 2011

We learn how to get it right by getting it wrong.

 

How to Build Trust

By John Gottman | October 23, 2011
 

Trust and Inequality

By John Gottman | October 22, 2011
 

Gratitude Journal: Remembering Summer

By Janine Kovac | October 21, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Podcast: Was That Me Yelling?!?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 20, 2011

Curbing your inner yeller

 

Was That Me Yelling?!?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 20, 2011
 

Steven Pinker’s War and Peace, Abridged

By Steven Pinker | October 20, 2011

If you're curious about Steven Pinker's massive new book, check out this Greater Good essay for a distilled version.

 
Viking, 2011, 848 pages

Steven Pinker’s History of (Non)Violence

By Jason Marsh | October 19, 2011

The psychologist's latest book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, is essential reading for any reader of Greater Good.

 

Living Life Fully, Part 2

By Christine Carter | October 17, 2011

Life 3.0: Personal transformation vs. perfectionism.

 

Gratitude Journal: Jumping for Joy!

By Janine Kovac | October 14, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Podcast:Don’t Freak Out!

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 13, 2011

Learning to manage your stress

 

Don’t Freak Out!

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 13, 2011
 

How to Handle a Meltdown

By Christine Carter | October 12, 2011
 
a behind-the-scenes peek...

Video: How to Handle a Meltdown

By Christine Carter | October 12, 2011

Raising kids' emotional intelligence

 
Lee Lipsenthal's forthcoming book, Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last.

The Grateful Dead

By Jason Marsh | October 11, 2011

Here's what happens when researchers make people visualize their own deaths.

 
Lee Lipsenthal

Living Life Fully, Part 1

By Christine Carter | October 10, 2011

There is no bucket list.

 

Gratitude Journal: Those Amazing Single Moms

By Janine Kovac | October 7, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Podcast: Kids Under Pressure

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 6, 2011

How parents can help kids cope with anxiety

 

Connecting through “Collaborative Consumption”

By Jill Suttie, Rachel Botsman, Lauren Anderson | October 6, 2011

A new movement helps people save money and make friends. Could it help build a more cooperative society along the way?

 

Kids Under Pressure

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 6, 2011
 

Should We Push Kids Harder?

By Christine Carter | October 5, 2011
 
a behind-the-scenes peek...

Video: Should We Push Kids Harder?

By Christine Carter | October 5, 2011
 

The Limits of David Brooks’ “Limits of Empathy”

By Jason Marsh | October 4, 2011

Does empathy lead to altruism? The New York Times columnist gets it wrong.

 

What to do When a Pet Dies

By Christine Carter | October 3, 2011

Life skills from a pet rat

 

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Frans de Waal on Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans
Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus
March 9, 2015


Frans de Waal on Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Frans de Waal—one of Discover’s 47 Great Minds of Science—reviews expressions of empathy and the sense of fairness in animals.


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