And, the children can be bought off with stickers (not worth much, easy to trade), but the chips get fruit, much more valuable. :)


From: Kamran Nayeri <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:09:32 -0800
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Subject: Re: Planet of the Apes? No, Humans Have the Cooperative Edge

A major problem with this study is that children as subjects are in their natural context while the monkeys are in captivity. There are many studies, beginning with Jane Goodall's, where chimps are observed to cooperate (and to compete) as well as exhibit sharing behavior.  In a chimp groups that Jane Goodall observed for years we can even see chimps use medicinal plants to help them with infections or other ailments (see Nova "Chimpanzees" 1982).  still, it should be a no brainer that humans have a much larger capacity for shared, cumulative learning than other animals. Of course, this is a mixed blessing depending on what we learn and what we do we what we learn.  Kamran