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Unformatted text preview: A r ticle 9: The M ind of the Chimpanzee By: Jane Goodall The scientific community used to ignore the fact that chimpanzees are sentient beings o The idea that anything but a human could be capable of intellect similar to our own was absurd to them, something that made us less human They used to refer to chimps as numbers and call them i t, instead of giving them p ronouns Anyone who has lived with a pet or who has observed chimps in the wild can all agree t hat they are capable of developing their intellect and their minds are very similar to our own o o - If chimps are so similar that we use them for our biological experiments, why is it so hard to believe that they possess the same intellectual potential? The emotions of a chimp are easy to see and recognize, even to an inexperienced observer Chimps can fashion their own tools, come up with novel solutions to problems, and pass down knowledge to their offspring o They are also capable of cross-modal t ransfer of information o o o They can know with their eyes what they feel with their fingers - They can recognize themselves in mi r rors They can invent their own signs They can plan ahead for the near future - Chimps have evolved such complex intellectual powers because their lives in the wild are complicated I t is more meaningful to study the chimps in the wild rather than in laboratories - ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2009 for the course ANTH 200Lg taught by Professor Yamashita during the Fall '07 term at USC.
- Fall '07