The lost art of observation

30th April, 2017
Frans de Waal, primatologist and ethnologist

My colleagues and I recently listened to a remarkable BBC Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific, which concerned the work of Frans de Waal, a famous Dutch primatologist and ethologist who now resides in Atlanta as a professor at Emory University.

The programme made a huge impression. His research focusing on the behaviour of non-human primates like chimpanzees, bonobos and capuchin monkeys made us humans reconsider some of our fundamental assumptions about what distinguishes human beings...

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