February 17, 2009
Morality and Monkeys
At some point in the near future, I intend to discuss the popular (but in my view, wildly misguided) Argument from Morality as Christian apologetics.
To tide you over until then, I offer this charming account of moral development in monkeys. Frans de Waal is probably the foremost authority on primate studies in the world today.
EDIT: PZ Myers has, of course, weighed in on the article.
SECOND EDIT: In his wonderfully eloquent blog post on Darwin, official Friend of Science Roger Ebert gives us a beautiful, zen-like response to the age-old creationist canard, “if we evolved from monkeys, how come there are still monkeys?”
Ebert: Monkeys are much better at being monkeys than we would be.