Tapestry

The Atheist and the Bonobo / You are Stardust

It's called the moral argument, and it's one of the oldest reasons for believing in god. But renowned biologist Frans de Waal says: "not so fast." So, if apes can behave with compassion, what happens to the argument that human beings are ethical because god made us that way?For more on the show and our guests......

Season 19:Episode 2

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It's called the moral argument, and it's one of the oldest reasons for believing in god. But renowned biologist Frans de Waal says: "not so fast." So, if apes can behave with compassion, what happens to the argument that human beings are ethical because god made us that way?

For more on the show and our guests...


In his new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist, de Waal outlines some of the incredible observations he's made of primates over the years, such as this one:

Later in the show, a woman who takes a bit of biology, some astronomy, a little ecology and distills all of it into one big tale of wonder. Elin Kelsey's children's book, You are Stardust, is getting kids to say: "wowwwww."

Finally: In Chinese culture, it's very important to know where your ancestors are buried. But what if your ancestor is buried in a foreign country ... you've never been to? That didn't stop Soloman Lam and his father La Fon Lam from making the journey. Freelance journalist Kaj Hasselriis bring us their story. 


Soloman Lam and his father, La Fon Lam, in Cuba.


 

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