Over the millenium, humans have mustered their meager intellects to desperately prove themselves unique and superior to all other animals. Most people, indeed, don’t even like to think of themselves as animals.
I wrote against that anthropocentric claim here: “What makes us Unique?“.
But supporting the “humans-on-top” view, Crus Campbell, at his excellent blog “Genealogy of Religion“, claimed that:
“Making and keeping promises is a hallmark of human behavior
But I object: Promises are made with language. How do we know that animals don’t signal [a language] some sort of contracts [promises] with each other? He also claims that:
“[Chimpanzees can not] self-cue memories without external prompts.
–Cris Campbell “
Well, I just ran across this article in The Conversation that says:
More recently, studies of the chimpanzee “mind” suggest they can mentally “time travel”, like humans, by reliving past events and imagining or conceiving of what might happen in the future.
Unfortunately, just as Cris did not support his grandiose claims, this article did not source these “studies” either.
Oh well. But I remain suspicious of those that try so hard to make it obvious that humans have gone beyond being an animal.
Question to Readers: What do you think? Can you site studies?
PS: Chris’s blog will be improving in November — stay tuned.