Monday, May 19, 2003

My colleague David and I recently engaged in a heated debate: Could a chimpanzee be able to dress himself into an old-timey bathing suit? (Assuming it buttons up the front, and that the ape would have a human helper to button his buttons for him - buttons are hard.) David argues that, though chimps are very intelligent, our simean friend would not be able to navigate his way into such a complicated garment. I believe that we homo sapiens underestimate the capabilities of our fellow animals and that, if given a demonstration and enough time (and maybe a peanut M&M waiting as a reward), a chimp could fit himself into the suit.


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