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Rumours: Compassion

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March 15, 2011

01:33

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The Japanese tsunami/earthquake/meltdown combo has rattled the world and it has forced us to remember that there are people outside our borders.  The world has shown that we are cavemen when it comes to others.... and that is a compliment.

Cavemen were primitive - they probably only ever grunted, raped and pillaged and smeared themselves in blood and danced around in some crazy rituals.  We like to think of ancient hominids as so less evolved then us, and we are the superior descendants of those crazy relatives.

That is, until we find evidence of ancient humans' capacity for love, compassion and treating their relatives way better than our method of handing them off to healthcare workers or old folks homes.  Our ancient relatives would certainly grunt at that one.

Host:  Torah Kachur

Photo credits:  Gracia et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Encyclopedia Brittanica, Wikimedia Users:  Jose Luis Martinez Alvarez, Kyle Flood, Ildar Sagdejev

References:  http://www.pnas.org/content/106/16/6573.full.pdf+html

http://www.archaeologyinfo.com/homoheidelbergensis.htm

YOUR COMMENTS

Cathy on September 24, 2010
I am so glad that our ancestors passed compassion down to us.
Saema on September 12, 2011
Wow! And to think we pride ourselves on being ''evolved''... seriously! we need to learn!

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