Here is a thread on A.T.S. about Chimpanzees making a fashion statement with blades of grass in their ears.
For the first time, chimpanzees are making a fashion statement
It’s a trend that’s taken a troop of chimpanzees by storm: a blade of grass dangling from an ear. The "grass-in-ear behavior," as scientists have
termed it, seems to be one of the first times that chimpanzees have created a tradition with no discernible purpose -- a primate fashion statement, in
There’s no doubt that chimpanzees have culture, as different chimp groups will use unique tools: to groom, to crack open nuts, to fish for
But, according to a study in the journal Animal Cognition, chimpanzee culture now includes something that seems altogether arbitrary: ear
Here is a link to the original study
, although it costs money to view, you can
view the abstract for free.
What is important to me about this study is that it is an isolated example of culture being utilized in order to do something arbitrary, or for the
sake of doing it. There are many atheists who would like to see us only do things that have a purpose, which to them is rooted in evolution, these are
the Social Darwinists
I believe that there is an ulterior motive in that kind of thinking in that it takes away individuality and freedom and makes people believe that it
is their duty to work for the state and not indulge in "arbitrary" matters.
These Atheists will have you believe that there is no soul and no free will - but the example with the Chimpanzees is an isolated example of free will
in action - there was no evolutionary purpose to the blades of grass.
And that is only one specific way to look at proving free will, it could be argued that free will is utilized every time a living entity tries and
fails to do the most efficient thing. In fact, evolution is ripe with examples of free will. You just have to look at what failed.
The soul, according to my definition, is what generates our free will and experiences life - neither definition has been disproved by science, and
there are many more advanced studies that show evidence of that kind of thing existing. My definition states that the soul is squarely in the
exploratory realm of science - something that both atheists and religious folk tend to deny.
But it is an important way to look at things, because not only does the evidence support it, but we risk supporting oppressive governments if atheist
policy involving this kind of thinking gets into the upper ranks.
The link in my signature has yet another link to my thesis paper for my psychology major, in which I researched the possibility of a Quantum Theory of
Mind, which I still fully support.
Quantum Theory of Mind Thesis
edit on 28pmSat, 28 Jun 2014 22:21:11 -0500kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason given)
29-6-2014 by Kandinsky because: fixed title typo