Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moral Behavior in Other Animals

Primatologist Frans de Waal shares some of his research providing scientific evidence that non-human animals have empathy, co-operate, and understand reciprocity and fairness.

This research demonstrates that non-humans have values comparable to those of humans.

The capuchin who sees and reacts when he is cheated by the human shows that ethical reasoning is not unique to humans.

People are animals, and animals are people too.

How do you want to treat them?

KarmaTube: Moral Behavior in Animals


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cwaiand said...

how do iwant to treat them?i want to give "them" as painless as death possible and then i want to eat them.after all that,s why they exist.they are a perferred source of stored energy. eat em up.

Swede said...

Oh, the plants. Suffer thyself, so that my life can continue.

Show ye no feelings for others?

Good then, I shall eat you.

Ben said...

Moral: "of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical."

Please point out the place in this video in which it is clear that some animal recognizes "the distinction between right and wrong" or understands "principles of right conduct." All I see are animals who want something and do what is necessary to get it.

The one chimp didn't seem to want to help the other, but when the treat came within reach, he took most of it. Was that the display of moral behavior?

If I cooperate with you to rob a bank, do I demonstrate "principles of right conduct?"

Robin Hood understood that it is not fair that some people have more money than others. So was his way of life moral?