Beat the chimps!

The Science Times this week had a little story about testing kids against chimps for problem solving.

The kids won, because they worked together. I guess that the lesson of evolution, if you think there is such a thing. Cooperation wins, as a success strategy. The keys were sharing and teaching. “Among the chimps and capuchins, by contrast, “we didn’t see one instance of sharing,”... The scientists also wondered whether adult chimps and monkeys would help their young learn. “But in fact, we found exactly the opposite, that parents were stealing their offspring’s food,” Dr. Laland said.”

There MIGHT be a lesson for us in there somewhere. But I’ll let you figure out what lesson that might be. You might want to cooperate on that. I just thought I’d share.

Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog.

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