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TED Talks: Season 2018

2018x188 Frans de Waal: The surprising science of alpha males
TV-PG

  • 2018-06-18T06:00:00+02:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

In this fascinating look at the "alpha male," primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males — generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping — and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians. "Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male," de Waal says.

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