Monkey Love–what came first, religion or morality?
Posted On March 22, 2007
I recommend reading the entire article to anyone who is interested in such questions, or in what animals are able to do that we don’t always consider.
New York Times, March 20, 2007
The brain has a genetically shaped mechanism for acquiring moral rules, similar to the neural machinery for learning language, according to Harvard evolutionary biologis Marc Hauser.
Some animals are surprisingly sensitive to the plight of others. Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others. Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, rhesus monkeys will starve themselves for several days.
Biologists argue that these and other social behaviors are the precursors of human morality. Read the whole story…which I found fascinating.