Got a question 

Most animals are not malicious. This does not mean they do not call their mates occasionally. They do. Recently a chimp was killed and eaten by members of his troup or colony?

My question is why are humans capable of expressing the whole range of behaviour from altruism to sheer unbridled malice? What is it about us that makes this possible? 

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

59 thoughts on “Got a question 

  1. Eric Alagan says:

    Basically: animals eat and procreate; man wants/needs to do more…

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  2. I don’t understand comeplitly your question makagutu


  3. shelldigger says:

    We are no less animals ourselves Mak. We try to behave civilized, and many of us pull it off. But down deep we are all animals with animal tendencies.

    When things go to shit around here, and my temper gets riled up a tad, I tell everyone not to mess with the Big Monkey. 🙂

    Yes we have some sort of moral code, yes we try to be civilized towards each other. But society is a sliding scale. Many of us exist within the norm. Many exist on the extreme edges of that scale. These people are capable of doing things that might shock the rest of us.

    There is no perfect world. We are but one of a species in the animal kingdom. Like it or not human beings are capable on any given day of being the croc, or the antelope.

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  4. Good Question. Our genetic makeup is different than other animals and therefore the expression of our conditioning differs from theirs. Happy Sunday to you my friend. ❤


  5. john zande says:

    Because we are the present-day tip of the petri dish in a univesre given over hopelessly to the production of ever more potents expressions of evil.

    Well, it’s a hypothesis…

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  6. tildeb says:

    Short answer: evolutionary biology. Shortened answer – evolutionary biology that has rewarded mirror neurons with increased reproductive capability.


  7. I think it’s an easy question to answer in a general way. As with all species, greater intelligence equates to more complex behavior. Chimps, as the author points out, exhibit very complex behavior. They exhibit tribalism, wage war, have violent mood swings, etc.

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  8. Nan says:

    I’ve often wondered, human nature being what it is, how many would survive a trip to Mars. Not because of the dangers of space but because of the dangers of “man.”

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  9. rautakyy says:

    Chimpanzees make war between clans. Many insects make war, even between species, like the termites against the ants. However, we as humans are more adept at recognizing human experience, than the experience of other species. Sure, one species among the mammals may have wider range of emotions, than others and it might just be us humans with our rather complex brain and social behaviour models, but it might be the dolphins. The dolphins just might actually have a wider range of emotions and even more delicate methods of behaviour, that we simply are too dumb to even recognize. We do know, that they are quite uniformally more fanatical in their altruistic behaviour, than any humans typically get, when they sense a sentient being is in peril, be that being a nother dolphin, or for example a human being. I have known a horse who showed something, that I can only describe as malice. It had a bad temper, and even for such a boneheaded species of animal, this particular individual was terribly clever at hiding it’s true intent.

    We humans tend to see ourselves so very special, because we are special, but we should not overemphazise it in seeing other animals as unable to be comparable to ourselves in many more respects, than we tend to give them credit for traditionally.

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  10. renudepride says:

    Perhaps we are cursed with the wide range of behaviors because we are the species that seeks and creates deities in order to have an excuse for said behaviors. Good point, my Kenyan brother! Naked hugs!


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