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Sweet Rose Ramblings (AKA The Call-Waiting Blog)

A place for my unformed thoughts. Help me sort them out!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Monkey Morality

Interesting article in the NY Times about the morality that seems to be found in non-human primates. I'm not sure that the empathetic and seemingly caring behavior shown from one primate to the next is necessarily moral, or is more about what's best for the group survival (which was mentioned in the "Darwin's God" article on whether religion is necessarily for moral living), although if it's the latter, there are plenty of classic philosophers who would argue that humans operate according to the same principles. Check it out.


At March 21, 2007 10:06 AM, Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Shoshana, if you get a chance, read Mother Nature by Sarah Hrdy. She is an anthropologist and a primatologist. The description of common behavior among primates is astonishing.


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