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Published on Jun 21, 2010
The bizarre similarities between chimp and human morality prompts one to ask the question, "Where did chimps get their morals? Or are these morals at all?"
Is there a Chimpanzee God? (Probably not... ; )
** Apologies for accidently editing out my point here: I believe that chimps developed their morality in the same way humans did -- from a combination of need and greed. The warlike chimp behavior mimics that of humans throughout history. The mutual cooperation required to sustain such warfare is a necessary behavior. Over time this behavior (probably through RNA transfer) was adapted to include a more broad spectrum of reward-producing behaviors, such as sharing meat to make the tribe stronger. However, over time this conduct took on a "moral code" of its own, producing human-like self-sacrifice and governing laws. So, from necessity and the greed for more (food, land, etc.) chimps evolved a sense of morality very similar to humans.