It’s a good thing our coffee breaks get automatically extended in the summer.
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We learn that apes are as empathetic as humans because
Contagious yawning has long been linked to empathy: humans and apes yawn more in response to the yawns of their kin and friends. Now, scientists studying yawn contagion have shown that humans may not always be the most empathetic species. Their results, published today (August 12) in PeerJ, show that humans yawn more than bonobos only when close family and friends trigger the yawns. In the presence of mere acquaintances, however, humans and bonobos showed similar yawn sensitivity.
In short, the measure was made up by some researchers and has nothing to do with anything most human beings would identify as empathy.
For one thing, a human version of empathy would require a high level of intelligence, to understand the issues. Humans rescue apes from extinction, but don’t expect the favour to usually be returned.
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