Up until this year, I was really into religion and the bible. After taking my violence against women course this year I ditched the bible and realized how much I let religion, churchgoers, Christians and the bible control my life I honestly thought that God created Adam and Eve and that we were not descendants from chimps. Any talk about human evolution that involved chimps I didn’t want to hear it. The Christian religion teaches many of us to not believe science because science cannot prove that God does not exist so anything else that goes against what Christianity practices was to be heard but not accepted. As I was reading the article “Our true dawn: pinning down human origins,” the author argues that there is enough evidence to prove that our lineage dates back to chimpanzees but scientists cannot determine exactly when. Although there has been many speculations and guesses, many of them appear to be wrong and because of this, when scientists are able to determine the exact time, history will have to be rewritten from the very beginning.
Another thing that stood out to me is the video about primate social organization. Tree animals had tails that help them better adapt, save for apes. Seeing as to how we as humans have evolved from species alike, I would not have even paid attention to the fact that they don’t have tails. I highlight this to find the similarity that we, as humans, also don’t have tails. I think we can better understand our own biology, behavior, and culture by studying non-human primates by continuing to study them and highlight similarities between us. Like non-human primates, there is competition for food and mating. As our population increases, so does the need for our food resources as well which may be a problem in the future if population grows faster than the food we are producing. Furthermore, competition to find a great mate is common in humans, and especially those with college degrees. As women outnumber men on college campuses, they are least likely to settle for a man without a degree that’s their equivalent or higher. This makes for dating to be competitive.
What also stood out to me that can help us understand our relationship to nun-humans and their behavior is polyandry and polygamy. This behavior is not solely reserved for humans but also non-humans. Thus this further can help us understand that because we share similarities, we may be physically different, but we share many mental commonalities. I think it is important that we continue to study non-humans to aid the ways in which we understand each other. If scientists test an antibiotic out on, a chimp or monkey seeing as to they are starkingly similar to humans, and the outcome is negative side effects, they may be hesitant to try this out on humans for fear of causing death (lawsuits, etc.).
My last observation that stood out to me is the k-selection mammals. This is important to understand as humans because it is believed that there is a lot more investment in these offsprings, they live longer, and are healthier. As humans, it is important that we invest into our kids and make sure they are nurtured, fed, and loved as non-humans do their offsprings.