The website PhysOrg reports New research suggests apes have human-like personalities. They say:
For as long as people have coexisted with other animals, they have debated amongst themselves whether some animals have some of the same personality traits as humans or if it’s just anthropomorphism at work. Many believe dogs, for example, have unique personalities, e.g. a cranky disposition, laziness, or even signs of neuroticism. More recently researchers have argued over whether apes, which of course are much closer to us in most ways, are able to feel the things we feel and whether they have different personalities between them, as we people do, and if so, if they are like ours.
Now new research by an international team of psychologists and animal research scientists may have settled the issue once and for all. In their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, the team says that their study shows that yes, some apes do display different kinds of personality traits, and that chimpanzees in particular have some that are very nearly the same as us humans.
Here’s a link to the paper: All too human? Chimpanzee and orang-utan personalities are not anthropomorphic projections. The PhysOrg article summarizes the methods used in the study and then concludes:
This, the research team says, shows that chimpanzees really do have distinct personalities, and more importantly, that they are very nearly the same as ours.
We don’t know what to make of such research, but we know who does — Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Here’s what we found in AIG’s News to Note, May 26, 2012 — “A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint.” It’s the first item at their news summary, titled “Psychologists say observations of chimpanzee and orangutan behavior in zoos support the primates’ evolutionary relationship to people.”
AIG discusses a writeup of the same research described above that they found in Nature News, and then they give us their unique commentary. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Evolutionists claim genetic similarities between primates and humans are the results of common ancestry. Biblical creationists — and even intelligent design proponents of other persuasions — understand genetic similarities as the natural result of having a common Designer.
Did you get that? Creationists and intelligent design “theorists” claim that the genetic similarities between us and our primate cousins isn’t due to evolution. It’s because we all have a common designer. Let’s read on:
Furthermore, much circular reasoning and bias are built even into the claims of genetic similarity. God’s own Word tells us that He made Adam and Eve in His own image on the sixth day of Creation week, the same day He made land animals.
No circular reasoning or bias there! We continue:
Our Creator has made it clear therefore that there is no evolutionary relationship between apes and humans.
It’s clear — clear! Here’s more:
To consider the human surveys of animal behavior in any setting — much less the unnatural setting of zoos — evidence in support of an evolutionary tree of unverifiable past events while rejecting the eyewitness account provided by the Creator of the universe seems to represent the height of elevating man’s fallible opinions over the Word of the infallible omniscient God.
You should be ashamed of yourself, dear reader. You’ll never understand anything until you abandon your fallible mind. Here’s AIG’s conclusion, with scripture references omitted:
Using such anthropomorphic games to continue justifying the replacement of the Creator by evolution represents a denial of truth that every person — according to God’s Word — knows in his heart. Scripture teaches in [references] that every person understands he is morally accountable to his Creator no matter how much he suppresses that truth.
So there you are. Who are you going to believe — those godless researchers or scripture? The choice is yours.
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