Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Monkeys + Sharing = Humans

Superfreakonomics highlights monkey ability with money, markets, prostitutions, etc.. and how their behaviour is very similar to us humans. In some sense, Its depressing to think that all these millions of years of evolution process has changed much in term of appearance but few in terms of behaviour..

But landed on this(below) interesting question on- what unique to humans? which is not common among other primates.!
Its seems...Interactions and motivation to share.

http://bigthink.com/ideas/18616


Yeah one of the things that, the question of what’s uniquely human is actually a big one and you, depending on who you ask you might get really different answers.  If I had to put my money on something that was actually uniquely human, it seems in some funny way to be our motivation to actually interact with others, in a funny way.  And what I mean by this is that generally if you look at any humans anywhere, if they’re hanging out with other humans they’re often doing something where they’re showing something to another individual.  So you see something cool and you say, “Oh hey, look at this cool thing.”  And to psychologists this is a process of reference, right, so sharing, referring to information out there in a world and it seems like other primates even though you think this is kind of a simple ability, they seem to lack at least the motivation to do this.  This leads to the fact that they don’t have the kind of communication that we have with things like language with nouns that can kind of point to things out there in the world.  They also don’t seem to share their own desires and intentions with others, which leads to a lack of kind of cooperation in a lot of domains, so if I had to put my money on what was uniquely human I’d go with the kind of motivation to share information with others.

Bottom-line: you are a monkey if you don't share.. ;)

2 comments:

blueapple said...

but,they are motivated to share what they want,for example food..the moment they find food,they convey signs to themselves..
and coming to the aspect of sharing information,which in a way, is the capacity to be articulate,psychologists have also said, girls are more articulate and expressive than boys..going by your bottomline,you are a monkey if you don't share,then,we all know that boys share less when compared to girls..
so, men are more ...keys then?

Haddock said...

....but like they say, arn't we the descendants of the monkeys ?