The Shame Free Zone – Bonobo Sex and the Evolution of Morality

Frans de Waal, the Dutch/American biologist named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, shares his expert perspective on the evolution of morality as featured in his new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist, in Search of Humanism Among the Primates. Is religion necessary to maintain a moral society? Do apes have a moral code? And what about the hyper-sexual bonobo? Are there ANY limits to the type of sex this peaceful ape will engage in? In this episode of The Shame Free Zone research scientist, Zanna Clay, also gives us her perspective on sex and violence in apes and how sex may serve to reduce violence in Bonobo culture. And finally, we are treated to a special interview with President and Co-Founder of Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI), Sally Coxe, who not only updates us on the humanitarian and environmental efforts of BCI but shares her heart-warming stories about rescuing and parenting orphaned baby bonobos.

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