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The lengths to which some researchers will go to attempt to discredit human exceptionalism are an assault on reason and common sense:

In a recent experiment, researchers determined that chimpanzees need to be taught how to use stones to crack nuts; individuals don’t grasp the idea for themselves. In a series of four experiments, 35 parties of chimps were given oil palm nuts and stones but “on no occasion did the chimpanzees crack or eat either oil palm or Coula nuts,” presumably because they did not know how.

Then the primatologists go on to draw an amazing conclusion:

“Their culture is therefore more similar to human culture than often assumed…

News, “Chimps who can’t crack nuts prove they are more like humans? Huh?” at Mind Matters News

Takehome: The fact that no chimpanzee figured out on its own how to crack a nut using a stone does NOT make them more like humans, rather less.

You may also wish to read: But, in the end, did the chimpanzee really talk? A recent article in the Smithsonian Magazine sheds light on the motivations behind the need to see bonobos as something like an oppressed people, rather than apes in need of protection.


A philosopher simply invents animals’ concept of death. She demands that we accept her invention so we can “rethink” human exceptionalism, and the “disrespect for the natural world that comes with it.” Susana Monsóis’s beliefs about how predators think are a work of the imagination. Like it or not, we are stuck with human exceptionalism. It’s who we are.

yes, Chimps are very like humans ... i heard, that a group of chimpanzees sent a probe to Mars recently ... martin_r
Polistra, well said... but you know, Darwinists also claim, that high intelligence and complex brains evolved multiple times independently, there are not concerns about it .... for Darwinists it is pretty normal ... convergent evolution did it ... all good...
Within the animal kingdom, complex brains and high intelligence have evolved several to many times independently, e.g. among ecdysozoans in some groups of insects (e.g. blattoid, dipteran, hymenopteran taxa), among lophotrochozoans in octopodid molluscs, among vertebrates in teleosts (e.g. cichlids), corvid and psittacid birds, and cetaceans, elephants and primates. High levels of intelligence are invariantly bound to multimodal centres such as the mushroom bodies in insects, the vertical lobe in octopodids, the pallium in birds and the cerebral cortex in primates, all of which contain highly ordered associative neuronal networks. The driving forces for high intelligence may vary among the mentioned taxa, e.g. needs for spatial learning and foraging strategies in insects and cephalopods, for social learning in cichlids, instrumental learning and spatial orientation in birds and social as well as instrumental learning in primates. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4650126/
Darwinists are the most religious people, they believe that a miracle happened, then another one, and another one and so on ... lots of miracles ... lots of lucky accidents and always in right order ... martin_r
Birds can figure this out. The more interesting question is why birds and humans are so similar, not why chimps and humans are so different. polistra

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