Wednesday, February 05, 2003

RELATING TO NONHUMAN ANIMALS

Study animals, author says, but don't imitate them

...In her book, "Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can't Learn About Sex From Animals," Zuk, 46, explores the tendency by some humans to use animal behavior to justify their own actions....

Example: bonobos.

These peace-loving cousins to the chimpanzee, discovered in the early 20th century, are gaining pop-culture attention for their free-loving ways. Bonobos have a lot of sex, but they don't display a lot of violence. So some scientists, according to Zuk's book, have jumped on the bonobo craze to promote a "make love, not war" model of society....