“Je n’avais pas besoin de cette hypothèse-là” ~ Pierre-Simon Laplace

October 22, 2008

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: Apes that write, start fires and play Pac-Man

Filed under: Evolution — yowie3120 @ 11:09 pm

About this talk

Savage-Rumbaugh’s work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology — and how much by cultural exposure.
About Susan Savage-Rumbaugh

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh has made startling breakthroughs in her lifelong work with chimpanzees and bonobos, showing the animals to be adept in picking up language and other “intelligent” behaviors. Full bio and more links »

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