A blog about the complex interplay between cultural and biological influences on behavior (as well as any interesting news or tidbits).
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Apes acting more like humans than humans
Macaques have figured out how to fish. Studies have also shown that chimps have the ability to plan ahead. It has also been found that chimps need hugs and kisses or other forms of affection. And the latest landmark of humans? The Japanese have developed a robot girlfriend.
I'm planning to go cuddle and enjoy a nice fish dinner.
I am constantly fascinated by the complex interplay of biological and cultural influences that make up human nature. Both are elements are crucial to what makes us human, and studying each of these is a valid way of studying human behavior. One of my mission's in life is to advocate the total abandonment of cultural or biological determinism. Humans are too complicated to determined by any one thing.
I am a science writer with an MA in Anthropology. I am currently living in Seattle, but am always yearning to get back to the woods.