Birds, dolphins, elephants, mice, pre-historic human beings... Do any creatures other than modern-day people possess what we call consciousness? Brain researchers from around the world are set to explore that question this summer.
I believe that morality evolved in response to the problem of naturally competitive individuals living in social groups. Since social groups appeared relatively early in the evolutionary story, so would the behavioral systems that make groups coherent.
Taxpayer dollars being used to relocate the chimps, construct new housing in San Antonio and provide for their daily care in the laboratory should instead be used to fund their lifetime care in a sanctuary.
We've developed this language which has enabled us to talk about things that aren't present. We are in a position to understand our relation to the rest of the planet. And I think that's what's makes us different.