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This video segment from The Human Spark looks at the ways in which monkeys, chimpanzees and apes are similar to humans, not just biologically but mentally and socially. Yale University psychologist Laurie Santos sees monkeys as a way to study the evolution of human nature. Her research with monkeys suggests that they have a glimmer of awareness of others’ minds. Research with chimpanzees and apes shows that these distant cousins engage in a type of social scheming that suggests that at a very basic level, they are also aware of others’ thoughts. It gives us insight into the major difference between us and chimpanzees – our much greater ability to read and manipulate each other’s minds.
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