Friday, March 11, 2005

Monkey porn?

I read in the paper today about some chimps who were being used for research, and I am not sure what the scientists were trying to prove, but their findings are fairly interesting. They showed photos of female chimp's private parts to male chimps, who actually were so interested in the photos that they would forego food in order to see them.

Would you have ever believed such a thing could be true? What does this say about chimps? What does it say about males in general and what does it say about the researcher who came up with the notion to do it? What was he trying to prove?

Maybe he was trying to get the chimps to donate sperm!

I hope the researchers don't ever try withholding food from my husband.....he wouldn't cooperate at all, as nothing keeps him away from food except sleep.

2 comments:

James Brookstone Mathers, II said...

Actually, I wonder what it says about visual perception. I've never been clear on what animals see and if the photos are presented to the chimps out of context (i.e: not attached to a body) can they really know what they're looking at?

I've always been under the impression that animals can't make sense of the 2-D world the way we can.

Anyway, interesting story.

kenju said...

I've always thought that animals do not perceive 3 dimensions or see color the way we do, and I don't know if the photos were close-ups of the crotch area or the whole animal. But the research showed they were powerfully interested in the photos, whatever they thought they were.