Planet of the apes

Chimps are smarter than humans in some ways, reports the New York Times.

Check out this happy family engaged in making tools.

I look at this video and see in it North Korea building nuclear weapons. The only difference is one of scale. And, of course, intent. I don't see these chimps escalating regional tensions.

Chimpanzees are very remarkable. In addition to our sharing 99% or so of our DNA, they are sociable beings:

Chimps display a remarkable range of behavior and talent. They make and use simple tools, hunt in groups and engage in aggressive, violent acts. They are social creatures that appear to be capable of empathy, altruism, self-awareness, cooperation in problem solving and learning through example and experience. Chimps even outperform humans in some memory tasks.

Once technology is sufficiently evolved to create 'brain chips,' we will surely be able to communicate along even more sophisticated channels. How about mind-to-mind? That will certainly challenge a human-centered view of the cosmos. We won't have planet of the apes, it will be a planet of the all.

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