Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry
Saw a great documentary on PBS last night. Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry gives a fascinating account of the way many animals show feelings similar to our own. These feelings can be found not only in observing the behavior of animals, but also in performing MRIs on their brains. And what I liked best about the documentary is that it unabashedly acknowledged the way similarities between humans and other animals demonstrate that we evolved from a common ancestor. I think anyone who gets angry at the idea that we're "related to monkeys" would have a hard time coming up with a rational explanation for the way human and animal behavior are so often so similar. I shudder to think, though, that it's entirely possible that in the near future PBS will feel political pressure not to show documentaries like this one.