Non-Human Culture

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Christopher Stapleton ANTH 2100-303 Non-Human Culture Culture is defined as, “the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education” (Webster’s Dictionary). There is a debate going on between Anthropologists and Primotologists that monkeys, more specifically Chimpanzees don’t show culture within their families. “Chimpanzees are different from humans by about 1 percent” so why cant they experience culture? (Goodall 48) Jane Goodall experimented with Chimpanzee’s and their ways of learning. She studied their emotions and tired to interpret what they were feeling compared to humans. “It is not easy to study emotions even when the subjects are human. I know how I feel if I am sad or happy or angry, and if a friend tells me that he is feeling sad, happy or angry, I assume that his feelings are similar to mine. But of course I cannot know” (Goodall 49). This is a difficult task says Goodall because “it is a cardinal sin in the field of ethology to ascribe human emotions to non-human animals” (Goodall 49). In the eyes of many Primotologists it’s very hard to explain how human
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 2100 taught by Professor Durband during the Fall '07 term at Texas Tech.

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