Chimps and Children Compared

They have a new study out that shows that kindergarten kids collaborate with each other. Chimps do not collaborate with each other. Which is why you see very few chimps in kindergarten. Of course there are a few in school administration. .
Researchers have “have now discovered that when all else is equal, human children prefer to work together in solving a problem, rather than solve it on their own. Chimpanzees, on the other hand, show no such preference.”
Oh come on – what kind of problems do chimps need to work on? Who hid the bananas ? Find the fleas on me? My tree is in foreclosure?
One of the researchers noted that the outcome of the study was no surprise. “”We expected to find differences between human and chimpanzee cooperation, because humans cooperate in a larger variety of contexts and in more complex forms than chimpanzees.”
Which of course, raises a basic question – why even do the study in the first place?
But perhaps there is an advantage to not cooperating. Very few chimps get together and start wars, they have no organized political parties, and very few have outrageous college loans to pay off. Of course to be fair, we do have the Democrats , who have never been accused of being an organized political party.
In addition very few chimps become lawyers, use God to scare people into giving donations to the church, or record and perform Rap music. Maybe there is something to be said for this lack of cooperation after all.
F uture studies are now being developed to determine if chimps or Congress have a better sense of cooperation. My money is on the chimps.

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (2011, October 17). Children, not chimps, prefer collaboration: Humans like to work together in solving tasks — chimps don’t. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 18, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2011/10/111013121519.htm


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