Here’s a good one:
Humans and monkeys may not speak the same lingo, but our ways of thinking are a lot more similar than previously thought, according to new research from UC Berkeley, Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University.
In experiments on 100 study participants across age groups, cultures and species, researchers found that indigenous Tsimane’ people in Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest, American adults and preschoolers and macaque monkeys all show, to varying degrees, a knack for “recursion,” a cognitive process of arranging words, phrases or symbols in a way that helps convey complex commands, sentiments and ideas.
The findings, published today (Friday, June 26) in the journal Science Advances, shed new light on our understanding of the evolution of language, researchers said.University of California-Berkeley, “Humans and monkeys show similar thinking patterns” at ScienceDaily
Paper. (open access)
But aren’t these claims a bit ridiculous? When was the last time a monkey conveyed a complex idea?
By the way, this stuff isn’t particularly good for monkeys. They aren’t better monkeys due to claims that they think like people, nor are their habitats better protected — which is what really matters to them.