26 February, 2021

"Chimps + Language = Religion"

Goodall now believes that discussing religion minus spirituality in animals has led to an anthropocentric conception of God

Jean-Marc Bouju/AP
"Chimps + Language = Religion"
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One day in October 1960, David and Goliath, two chimps in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania, stripped leaves off twigs to fashion tools for fishing termites from a nest. Ever since the primatologist Jane Goodall reported this to the world, intellectuals have been forced to reconsider what a tool is, who man might be, and who chimpanzees are. Goodall’s research on chimpanzees reveals more than their ‘intelligence’----it shows that the animal kingdom is tuned spiritually and emotionally to nature. And Goodall now believes that discussing religion minus spirituality in animals has led to an anthropocentric conception of God. She was in Bangalore recently. Excerpts:

What is the purpose served by the study of primates?
Behaviour doesn’t fossilise. The behaviour of chimpanzees gives us clues to human behaviour in the early ages. It gives us a precious hint as to how humans evolved emotionally, spiritually and in intelligence. The study of primates is fascinating for the sheer reason that chimpanzees resemble us. Biologically, their immune system and...

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