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April 26th, 2010

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04:12 pm - Points of Connection
here's a fascinating if somewhat sad article (with videos) about chimps dealing with the death of one of their troop. What this article brought home to me was the fact that while our intellects are vastly greater than those of any other animal - we can theorize and imagine in ways that seem impossible for anything else on the planet - our emotions and personal lives are far less different. Those chimps dealt with the finality of death and saying one last goodbye in much the same way humans do. I remember having a professor in a history of science class who firmly agreed with some famous quote about how there is more difference between a chimp and a human than between a chimp and an amoeba, which is quite simply nonsense. As everyone reading this is likely aware, I'm a strong advocate of humanity becoming more than it is mentally, physically, and (hopefully) spiritually, but for all those hopes and dreams, it's also important to remember that our emotions are at their base, little different from those of other primates and any claims of human uniqueness should be tempered with this understanding.
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Date:April 27th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Have you ever read any of those studies on children's perceptions of death?
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Date:April 27th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
No I haven't - do you have any recommdations for articles?
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Date:April 28th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
They were lectures which referenced studies- I have a book whcih may reference the studies, though. I'll let you know once I'm done with said book if I can find the studies.
Anyhow, there were a couple studies establishing that children slowly figure out what death is. Some children are able to wrap their heads around it faster than others- like farm kids.
Anyhow, one such study involved giving a group of children goldfish to care for, and the control group plants, and checking back with them a good while later. Guess which group had the concept of death down better.

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