Monday, October 20, 2008

Smart Apes: Starts fire, Writes, Plays Pacman

Came across this very wild video, it's 17 minutes long but is a video explaining 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.

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

Very amazing video

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