Monkey Business

“Accusations of anthropomorphism are about as big a spoiler in cognitive science as suggestions of doping are of athletic success. The indiscriminate nature of these accusations has been detrimental to cognitive science, as it has kept us from developing a truly evolutionary view. In our haste to argue that animals are not people, we have forgotten that people are animals, too.” In the NYT, Frans de Waal argues that it’s time stop drawing such a fierce distinction between animals and humans. And it all begins with laughter (does anyone remember laughter?): What I Learned From Tickling Apes. (Here’s what I learned from tickling my cats: They think I’m an idiot.)

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