Monkeys can be good without religion, so why can't humans?

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Comment by Marc Poulin on October 24, 2011 at 12:08pm

The comment at the end doesn't take away from the fact that there are clear signs of morality ingrained in these creatures, as well as many others. 

Comment by clay harshbarger on October 24, 2011 at 1:34pm

Great video thanks for sharing

Comment by Carl Rowley on November 2, 2011 at 3:26pm
You're mistaking morality for altruistic behavior here. Quite a common mistake us humans make as we anthropomorphise animal behaviors.
Morality requires an advanced sense of right and wrong coupled with capacity for empathy and the ability to think in terms of the abstract.
Altruistic behavior in animals simply requires an instinctive understanding of what is required for survival. A perfect example is shown in this video. One of the chimps takes three melons but knows enough about her companions to know that keeping those three melons to herself might not be conducive to her survival. So she shares with her companions...and lo and behold, her companions have a slightly stronger bond with her because she shared. Altruistic animal behavior is evolution in action, it is an organisms adaptation to its surroundings.

Morality is a human take on this concept and Religion is what happens when someone takes the concept of morality, mixes it liberally with equal parts of imagination and bullshit....and runs with it.

Thats my tuppence worth anyway!!!


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