- Jun 20, 2018
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I don't want to sound like some smug scientis who thinks that "because we humans can do math we are superrior". I don't think like that, I value living beings for what they are. Animals learn what they have to learn in order to survive in their natural habitat.That is the same chimp. and it might even be the same video. Yeah, I have seen even more links to it today. It definetly is newsworthy.
the best thing is that on one big news podcast the hosts got into a discussion about what this means. There was a bit of a disagreement but at least they were asking. The Daily Show had this clip on their show, too. Although Trevor mostly cracked jokes bout Chimps using Tinder.
I remember one biologist said the most of the differences between chimps and humans was social. Can we cross off that too now? They use social media.
But....We can't know if the chimp is uploading pictures. Anyway, he is clearly enjoying watching them. Imitation requires social skills... Enculturated, or non-human apes, kept in captivity, can learn skill sets for coping with human social and material culture.
"The difference in tools used by chimpanzees in different locations is significant as it demonstrates the extended impact of social learning and how it can shape populations through their social norms over multiple generations. This gives us some insight into how our cultures may have begun millions of years ago."
I tried to look more into this, but I didn't have time to read the articles. But I will some day, this is so interesting.
I also love these books:
The Song of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Van Lawick-Goodall
Next of Kin: My Conversations with Chimpanzees by Roger Fouts.
All the books are about non-human apes, in different habitats. In Next of Kin, the baby chimp is being held in captivity and is tried to be forced to live kinda like a human, which is bad, of course, but it happened. The book is also about the communication with chimpanzees through sign language, I just noticed that haven't finished Next of Kin yet...
In The Shadow of Man, the chimps are free. Jane observes the chimps first from a distance, and afterwards they accept her presence, as she takes pictures and writes down notes... She witnesses chimpanzees having their own culture and primitive nature religion.
The Song of the Gorilla is about the connection between an autistic woman (Dawn) and Gorillas in a Zoo, like quite often autistic people can create a very deep connection to non-human animals, even if the autistic have shown very slow development of social skills otherwise. The book is also about Dawn's journey of becoming an professor of anthropology and an animal rights activist, talking specifically for the rights of Gorillas, and achieving all this while being autistic (so being autistic has limitations, but also benefits, like good attention span). The book also talks about the cruelty we humans inflict on each other, but also upon non-human apes.
Here are the articles I tried to read:
Copying the behaviour of others makes us effective learners and allow skills, knowledge and inventions to be passed on from one generation to the next. Imitation is therefore viewed as the key cognitive ability that enabled human culture to grow and create such things as language, technology...
Imagine traveling to England for no other reason than to take ‘high tea’. How will the tea be presented? What food will be served as accompaniment? What will the pot and cups look like? Now imagine...