The Morality Of Chimps

Jun 5 2011 @ 6:40pm

Bill Moyers interviews Jane Goodall:

You know, we can plan a torture, whether it’s physical or mental. We plan it, and in cold blood we can execute it. The chimpanzee’s brutality is always on the spur of the moment. It’s some trigger in the environment that causes this craze, almost, of violence.

Her thoughts on finding meaning in life:

I don’t want to explain this whole life business through science. There’s so much mystery. There’s so much awe. I mean, what is it that makes the chimpanzees do these spectacular displays, “rain dances?” At least that’s what I call them. They dance at the foot of this waterfall and then sit in the spray and watch the water that’s always coming and always going and always here. It’s wonder. It’s awe. And if they had the same kind of language that we have, I suspect that would turn into some kind of animistic religion.