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September 07, 2003

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Tvindy

The sense of spirituality tied to a place may not be exclusively human. Read here about the interesting behaviors chimps have been observed to display at waterfalls.

Geoff

Thanks for that fascinating link. I will have to ponder on that for a while. Your comment, and your other stuff on apes reminded me of a good book I read some years ago now: The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond. In the book he looked at other aspects of our behavior that we tend to regard as exclusively human such as art and language and detailed similar behaviors in other species. This suggests that the precursors to such behaviors may have arisen in our non-human ancestors. Your link suggests we can add sense of spirituality to his examples. (I don't recall whether he mentioned spirituality but it is many years since I read the book.)

Tvindy

Thanks for the recommendation. I've heard of the book, but I haven't read it yet; perhaps now I will.

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