The Savanna Code

What Good Are Morals?


As animals go, humans are not very impressive. We think we are smart, but few valedictorians would last long if left alone on the African savanna. We are slower than top predators and their prey, like lions and antelopes. Our strength is no match against our cousins, the chimpanzees, much less against elephants or rhinos. We can’t swim as well as otters, or fly like birds or even squirrels. We don’t have scary claws or fangs, or paws to dig, or good enough molars to grind leaves and grass. Our skin is delicate and so is our digestion.


Rift Valley Mirror Neuron Social Dilemma Slime Mold Social Emotion 
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© Daniel Friedman 2008

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