Bonobos explain how humans evolved to be kind?
|June 13, 2014||Posted by News under Human evolution, News|
National Geographic News allows us to know that “Bonobos Reveal Evolution of Human Kindness”:
Unlike other nonhuman primates—including our other closest living relatives, chimpanzees—peace-loving bonobos seem to tolerate strangers, share resources with random bonobos, and exhibit a form of empathy called contagious yawning. (Related: “‘Contagious’ Yawning Occurs More Among Loved Ones.”)
Cats can learn to do that kind of thing too, if nothing is at stake, but why spoil the fun?
Oh, by the way, see also “Hippy apes caught cannibalising their young”:
Fowler warns against over-interpreting the event, and reckons that the need for nourishment was the animals’ main driver. “If you eat meat and you can see [the infant] as a reasonably large piece of meat, you may as well eat it,” he says. “It’s perfectly normal that you would eat the meat that’s available, even if it’s in the form of a dead infant.”
Sure. Try that at a funeral chapel in Canada and you’d better pack undies for a long stretch.
To understand why the popular science press not only doesn’t—but can’t tire of this foolishness, see The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (human evolution)
That’s the hardest part to get across: They absolutely cannot critique the nonsense because the floodgate would open on just about everything that is wrong with the direction of science today. And their careers depend on not letting that happen.
So nonsense rules instead—an idiot king who is the lawful heir to the throne.
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