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Future benefits rarely figure in the minds of animals.
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Robin Hood had it right.Humanity's deepest wish is to spread the wealth.

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The bonobo would first of all urge the atheist to stop "sleeping furiously." There is no point getting all worked up about the absence of something, especially something as open to interpretation as God.

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Food-deprived chickens that were not particularly good at noticing the finer distinctions of a maze task.5

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En route to such trees and get up before dawn, something they normally hate to do.

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If two closely related species act the same under similar circumstances, the mental processes behind their behavior are likely the same, too. The alternative would be to postulate that, in the short time since they diverged, both species evolved different ways of generating the same behavior.

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Personally, I think it is possible to build a society that is moral on a nonreligious basis, but the jury is still out on that.

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I describe in 'Chimpanzee Politics' how the alpha male needs broad support to reach the top spot. He needs some close allies and he needs many group members to be on his side.

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Deep down, creationists realize they will never win factual arguments with science. This is why they have construed their own science-like universe, known as Intelligent Design, and eagerly jump on every tidbit of information that seems to go their way.

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In humans, the family prevents infanticide. Next to language, the core family, consisting of a mother, a father and children, is the greatest difference between us and other primates.

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If you are a cooperative animal, you need to watch what you get. If you, or even a whole community, invest in something but then a few individuals receive a much larger return, it's not a good arrangement. If it happens consistently, it's time to look for an arrangement that is more beneficial. That's why we're so sensitive to how rewards are being divided.

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There's actually a lot of evidence in primates and other animals that they return favors.

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