The Chimpanzees’ Day in Court

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Hercules and Leo have been kept under lock and key by the State University of New York for locomotion studies. Tuesday was Hercules’ and Leo’s court date, where New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe heard arguments about whether the University has violated their rights by detaining […]

A Difference of Degree?

At the beginning of The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin argues that the differences in the mental faculties among all animals (including humans) are differences in degree rather than differences in kind. ((Great Books of the Western World, ed. Robert Hutchins (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1952), 49:266ff.)) That is, there is a great deal of variation […]

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