Seems the crude “social Darwinist” (1)stories about animals lacking empathy is a load of crap. And boffins have proved it with an experiment involving rats that consistently help fellow trapped rats. At this juncture, I can only propose we dig up BF Skinner and hang him.
Long-term readers of DT will remember the thing about the macaque in a grotesque experiment that refused to eat when eating would mean an electric shock was delivered to another macaque.
Surely it couldn’t be that we are relentlessly told and sold a view of the natural world that bears no relation to reality, that is actively contradicted by the facts, just so a few psychopaths and their damaged and deformed cadre can keep themselves in status and domination? No, that’s wild conspiracy theory, that is…
(1) neither social or Darwinist, in truth