Cooperation in humans and primates

    Cooperation in humans and primates In
    in the past it was thought that intelligence was the aspect that distinguished being
    human from the rest of the animals. However, as research progresses in the area
    of Comparative Psychology other rather surprising truths have been discovered. For instance,
    today we know that many animals are capable of following the path of
    different quantities of items. That is, they may know that five servings of
    foods are more than four. Indeed, if we put three portions of
    foods in one container and four in another, they would be able to
    choose the container that contains the four portions, since they remember where
    the greatest amount of food is found. At the
    likewise, it has been shown that animals learn the rules of coexistence
    and that they even conform to them, just like humans. You know
    also that they use tools to help themselves achieve their goals e
    who are capable of acting by preventing situations. So… what are we in
    do we differentiate from animals? There
    answer comes from Michael Tomasello, director of the Department of
    Comparative and Developmental Psychology of the Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre
    Anthropologie. For those who do not know him,
    it is enough to remember that in 2001 his book “The cultural origins of
    human cognition ”won the APA Williams James Award, and that
    recently he published the essay “Why do we cooperate?”, an excellent one
    book that delves into the maze of human behavior. Good!
    This psychologist states that the cooperation
    it is the basis for understanding the differences between people and animals. There
    possibility to share goals, share attention,
    empathically put ourselves in the other's place and follow a code of conduct
    moral, are the aspects that distinguish us as a species.

    In fact,
    Tomasello explains that primates could get annoyed if someone steals his
    food but remain unperturbed if the food of one of their kind is stolen. In other
    words, they are capable of enhancing and reacting to situations only when they are
    their needs and interests are involved. If not, it's as if
    their intelligence and sense of cooperation were completely extinguished.

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