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Alison Jolly: Primate behaviour, 20 September 2001

Tree of Origin: What Primate Behaviour Can Tell Us about Human Social Evolution 
edited by Frans deWaal.
Harvard, 311 pp., £20.50, August 2001, 0 674 00460 4
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The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections by a Primatologist 
by Frans deWaal.
Allen Lane, 433 pp., £16.99, June 2001, 0 7139 9569 6
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... areas of human evolution. We all do it, but clutching Zimmer frames of jargon in case we stumble. Frans deWaal steps out and puts his opinions on the line. He has also persuaded eight of his most distinguished colleagues to do the same. De Waal is one of the subtlest, most ...

Thinking about how they think

Francis Gooding: Is nature intelligent?, 16 February 2017

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? 
by Frans deWaal.
Granta, 340 pp., £14.99, September 2016, 978 1 78378 304 5
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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate 
by Peter Wohlleben, translated by Jane Billinghurst.
Greystone, 272 pp., £16.99, September 2016, 978 1 77164 248 4
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... all behaviour on the same continuum, rather than treating animals as wholly different phenomena. Frans deWaal, who has been widely celebrated as an original and iconoclastic primatologist since his ground-breaking Chimpanzee Politics (1982), follows the grand tradition of animal ethology, having studied under Gerard ...

A Thousand Erotic Games

Raoul Vaneigem: Hieronymus Bosch, 8 September 2016

... to a city alderman. Under the supervision of two friars, Willem Van Hildernissen and Gilles De Canter, common people and patricians rallied to repudiate the authority of the church and its dogma. They held that, since God was within every human being, men and women were entitled to exercise natural freedoms without reservations, without being ...
The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age 
by Simon Schama.
Collins, 698 pp., £19.95, September 1987, 9780002178013
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... context of the group portraits of the schutterij by such artists as Bartholomeus van der Helst or Frans Hals. To the modern eye, Hals may appear to be satirising the militia, presenting their officers as knights of the knife and fork rather than the sword, better-equipped to do battle with the roast beef than with the Spaniards. I would not care to dismiss ...

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