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AAI09 was fantastic especially thanks to the science based presentations hosted by RDF. Josh of course is a more than capable videographer and everyone now has the opportunity to watch/listen to the recordings of lectures.

On the way to the airport on October 2 CBC Radio One, the Current, broadcast an interview with Frans de Waal on the topic of empathy expressed by other species.

"Frans de Waal

We started this segment with a clip of legendary economist Milton Friedman at the height of his powers in 1979. And the idea that self-interest, greed and even a little ruthlessness will get you ahead is still a powerful one. But according to Frans de Waal, when you look at human beings as a species, the warm and fuzzy stuff matters ... a lot.

Frans de Waal is one of the world's leading primatologists. He's known for his ground-breaking research on what humans can learn from the power games played by chimpanzees. And now, he has turned his attention to the role that empathy plays in animal and human survival.

Frans de Waal is the Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University. His latest book is The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society. He was in Toronto."

Listen to Part 2:

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