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New review: The Bonobo and the Atheist, by Frans de Waal

De Waals is a Dutch/American primatologist who has done a huge amount of work with chimpanzees and bonobos. He is an atheist, but not, as he emphasises here, an aggressive one. (He has some interesting comments on Dutch Roman Catholicism and how it differs from religion in the USA.) Unlike Richard Dawkins and other militant atheists, he is not hostile to religion and does not think it should, or can, be eradicated. Science will not displace it; religion comes naturally to humans, scientific thinking does not. Here he takes the same position as Taner Edis in The Ghost in the Universe.. I am sure that both are right. More

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