The Moral Animal(s)

Humans are not the lone moral animal? So the Daily Mail reports:

Professor Marc Bekoff, from the University of Colorado, Boulder, believes that morals are ‘hard-wired’ into the brains of all mammals.

They also provide the ‘social glue’ that allow often aggressive and competitive animals to live together in groups, he said.

For instance dominant wolves dominate fairness by ‘handicapping’ themselves by engaging in role reversal with lower ranking wolves, showing submission and allowing them to bite, provided it is not too hard.

Chimpanzees also demonstrate a sense of justice by setting upon those in the group who deviate from the code.

Did he say all mammals?

And the professor (wouldn’t you know it!) just so happens to have a new book out on the subject of animal morality.

It’s at Amazon here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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