Friday, March 03, 2006

Altruism, purely human?

Read this study this morning.

Would 3- and 4-year-old chimpanzees find and hand over objects that a familiar human "lost"? The chimps frequently did help out if all that was required was reaching for a dropped object — but not nearly as readily as the toddlers had helped, and not if the aid was more complicated, such as if it required reaching inside a box.

Is that proof that some of us are turning into apes? :-)


rads said...

Read it in the Post this morning. Scary innit? ;-)

Eclectic Blogger said...

first time here.. read posts from ur "creativity at work" section.. interestin.. r those stories or incidents (the chettiar series)?.. thanks..

Munimma said...

thanks eclectic. Chettiar is a fiction.