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Copyright © 2013 by Frans de Waal. With permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
The Moral Lives of Primates, Writing Letters as a Spiritual Practice, and More February 20, 2014
Summary: A primatologist argues we can trace values like empathy, justice and cooperation all the way back to our animal ancestors. And we meet Amy and Jessica, spiritual penpals and life-long friends.
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Tracing Ethics to Our Animal Cousins February 20, 2014
From chimpanzees to bonobos, primates can be amazingly altruistic--consoling distressed group members, even prying rocks from fighting males' hands. Biologist Frans de Waal explains why we humans can trace traits like empathy, justice and cooperation all the way back to our animal ancestors. From April 2013.

Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
Jessica Mesman Griffith and Amy Andrews
Through the Pen, Finding Friendship and Spirituality February 20, 2014
Back in 2004, Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith met in creative writing class. Spiritual seekers, they began exchanging handwritten letters and eight years later, they haven't stopped. The best of their exchanges are now compiled in a new book. From May 2013.

Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith, authors of Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship