Tuesday, June 30, 2009

...with Just a Splash of Lime

Here is a video that describes the evolution of a monkey society. The narration implies that vervet monkeys in west Africa do not have a particular taste for alcohol, but in the Caribbean islands, where fermented sugar cane was plentiful, they developed such a taste.

Now, the monkey population mirrors the human population in percentage of alcohol drinkers vs. non-drinkers, and in the levels to which they get drunk.

When the narrator started talking about the similarities between the monkey society and human society, I knew that it would be explained by the similarity of their genes to human genes. DNA is the current "magic" in our society--it explains whatever we want it to explain, and if we don't want to see a link, DNA is not invoked, or a category like "junk DNA" is invented.

It's simply not acceptable to say that something else may be providing the personality, or the life force, for all living things.

Anyway, here's the video. Party on, little monkey dudes!

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