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Bonobos explain how humans evolved to be kind?

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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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12 Replies to “Bonobos explain how humans evolved to be kind?

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    Mapou says:

    So nonsense rules instead—an idiot king who is the lawful heir to the throne.

    LOL. Funny metaphor but this is what revolutions are for.

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    Barb says:

    “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.”

    Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

    No. No, this is not perfectly normal. It was not normal for the Andes plane crash survivors, nor was it normal for the Donner party.

    This type of disaffected thinking truly sickens me.

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    ppolish says:

    Human kindness seen in Evolution of Bonobos. Ancient humans were nice to bonobos? Epigenetics in action.

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    Why do ID proponents get so hot under the collar when traits that they think are uniquely human (e.g, altruism, compassion, etc.) are observed in other animals?

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    ppolish says:

    Observed in modern animals, a_b. Mountains of evidence that humans can impact other critter’s Evolution. Humans brought compassion etc to the Evo mix. We’re special.

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    “Mountains of evidence that humans can impact other critter’s Evolution. Humans brought compassion etc to the Evo mix. We’re special.”

    Are you seriously suggesting that we taught bonobos compassion? Or that we taught all other similar traits to all other animals that demonstrate them. Boy, we must really be special.

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    ppolish says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble a_b, but kindness FIRST showed up in Sapien. Everyone else is Convergent Evolution lol.

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    bornagain77 says:

    ab states:

    “Boy, we must really be special.”

    Yep:

    The Galileo Affair and “Life/Consciousness” as the true “Center of the Universe”
    Excerpt: I find it extremely interesting, and strange, that quantum mechanics tells us that instantaneous quantum wave collapse to its ‘uncertain’ 3D state is centered on each individual conscious observer in the universe, whereas, 4D space-time cosmology (General Relativity) tells us each 3D point in the universe is central to the expansion of the universe. These findings of modern science are pretty much exactly what we would expect to see if this universe were indeed created, and sustained, from a higher dimension by a omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal Being who knows everything that is happening everywhere in the universe at the same time. These findings certainly seem to go to the very heart of the age old question asked of many parents by their children, “How can God hear everybody’s prayers at the same time?”,,, i.e. Why should the expansion of the universe, or the quantum wave collapse of the entire universe, even care that you or I, or anyone else, should exist? Only Theism, Christian Theism in particular, offers a rational explanation as to why you or I, or anyone else, should have such undeserved significance in such a vast universe. [15]

    Psalm 33:13-15
    The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BHAcvrc913SgnPcDohwkPnN4kMJ9EDX-JJSkjc4AXmA/edit

    Of related note:

    Objective Morality: Is It A Tangible Part Of Reality?
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BhgtPC364n2iAwrO4jhyfW1SOZT6qwoEFrA2J7PNnHk/edit

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    ppolish says:

    Modern Bonobos exhibit ancient Human behaviors. Yes, Bonobos have evolved. They are special in their own way. Nice chimp.

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    humbled says:

    “Bonobos explain how humans evolved to be kind?”. I must say, this nonsense makes for some good comedy. I struggle to fathom how any intelligent free thinking individual cannot see right through this pseudo religious Darwinian codswallop.

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    mahuna says:

    There is a very common non-human practice among mammals of dominant males eating offspring of their pack that may have been sired by some other male. This has been observed in chimps. An intruding female from another pack is harassed and beating and her infant is attacked. In lions, when a new male defeats and drives off the old male, the new male kills all of the cubs of all of the females. It’s not about food. It’s about dominance and territory.

    There remains debate amongst anthropologists about what evidence of ancient human cannibalism (human leg bones split lengthwise to expose the marrow) means. Some suggest it is a ritual eating of relatives. Some suggest it is a deep insult against enemies. Humans as a mere source of food is very low on the list.

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    Mung says:

    I’ve never had a Bonobo explain anything to me.

    Well there be a Rosetta Stone course soon on their language?

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