In my opinion yes they are.
We’ve seen evidence of chimps displaying strange ritual-like behaviour in the last few years. First, a “ritual” dance performed during rainfall. Then a peculiar slow-motion display in the face of a bush fire in Senegal.
Jill Pruetz of Iowa State University, who observed the “fire dance” in 2006, said that the behaviour seems to suggest that chimps have a conceptual understanding of fire. Perhaps they are paying respect to it, in some way. I’ve also heard stories of chimps performing dances in front of waterfalls.
Maybe chimps have some understanding of impressive natural phenomena such as rain storms, wild fires and waterfalls and are paying “respect” to them. So I always hoped that we’d find evidence of a “temple” in the forest.
"While non-human primates are not religious, they do exhibit some traits that would have been necessary for the evolution of religion. These traits include high intelligence, a capacity for symbolic communication, a sense of social norms, realization of "self" and a concept of continuity"
- Barbara King, Anthropologist.
Human characteristics of chimps - BBC wildlife
(Warning - contains gratuitous Bonobo bonking!)
Koko the Gorilla using sign language..
Sense of social norms
The Science of Monkey Morality (Video)
Realisation of "self"
Sense of self and the "mark test" - infant and chimpanzee results
Concept of continuity
Although it's hard to tell whether chimps teach their young or the young merely copy the elders, active teaching has been observed in other species where the activity is dangerous.
Meerkats attend scorpion-hunting kindergarten
Can't we just all get along? < the cry of the liberal.
No, becasue there are cunts out there who want to destroy us! < the cry of the conservative.
Why do they want to destroy us? < the liberal response.
Because they hate our way of life. < the conservative says.
Maybe they are right and your way of life is shallow and meaningless. < proposes the liberal.
No, it's their way of life that is barbaric and undemocratic < assures the conservative.
So you hate their way of life as much as they hate yours? < the liberal asks, casually brushing askew strands of hair aside ; like some kind of righteously sexy bitch.~
Yes but we have to expect them to make the first move , it's all based on game theory, a system that assumes all humans are cunts and will only be concerned with their own self interest. < The conservative chortles forth while pinching the tips of his horns for it gave him a fleeting glimpse of what a feeling might be.~
Hasn't this theory been proved wrong time and time again and the very fact the human race is still here is through co-operation means your theory only works if everyone is as self serving and suspicious as you? < the liberal slapped , like a massively cogent gauntlet, around the putrid face of the demon.~
Freedom! < vomited the conservative, his angry penis flailing about like a satanic wand of sweaty hate.~
I think that the biggest issue that Socialists have is that they are not the best at PR or showing the true worth of their way of thinking. Having spent some time in Sweden they are quite a socialist country, yet don't seem to behave that way. The biggest difference that I noticed was the way that they referred to the government as 'The Community' rather than using terms that make you feel like the government is the enemy!
The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly striving to deprive each other of the fruits of their collective labor—not by force, but on the whole in faithful compliance with legally established rules.
I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.
Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.
I'm aware I'm getting a bit muddled up here - I'm thinking out loud.
Mine is "pube"
I love the way it rolls off the tongue.
Much unlike an actual pube.
The irony is a bonus.
I also like "boobs" (behave).
If you let loose with the b's and give it some cheek action it's like face yoga.
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