Chimps have souls!

Take that Egnor!

Altruism — helping another with no expectation of personal reward — was once thought to be a uniquely human trait, The Times of London reported. However, in recent experiments, chimpanzees repeatedly helped humans who appeared to be struggling to reach a stick within the animal’s enclosure.

The chimps, which were interacting with humans who had not given them food, spontaneously helped the humans by reaching across and helping them get the stick.

The experiments were carried out among 36 chimpanzees at a sanctuary for the animals in Uganda.

Anthropologists cite altruism as a key to developing civilized and complex societies. Although altruism has been observed in many species, this recent experiment is special because it shows ability for one species to be altruistic with another species, the Times said.

Also see Synapostasy’s coverage of Egnor’s latest goalpost move. In the meantime I’ll await Egnor’s proof that chimps don’t have a soul that is receiving signals from Deepak Chopra’s mind-field.


Comments

2 responses to “Chimps have souls!”

  1. Souls? Please, if you don’t mean an immaterial and eternal essence that inhabits one’s body, don’t use that word. We have enough equivocation problems as it is.

  2. Thanks for the link, cap’n!

    As for the altruistic chimps, I’d be curious to see to what extent the chimps will endure a loss to help a human achieve a gain. Maybe run a low-level electric current through the floor of the cage where the stick is, so the chimp would have to experience some pain in order to help the human?