Saturday, October 27, 2007

Kenyan Monkeys Make "Lewd" Signs

A recent article (found here) discusses how monkeys in Kenya are "monkeying" around and making lewd gestures towards women. What's interesting is what the spokesperson for Kenya's Wildlife Service, Gichuki Kabukuru, said concerning this matter:

"That is quite true. I will not be able to give you a scientific explanation but it has been observed in the past," he said. "Even in our camps, when men are out on patrol and the monkeys see women and children, they will become very naughty and make lewd signs at them."

Supposedly, something can be "quite true" while no one can give a scientific explanation for it. Why aren't scientists shouting about this? Shouldn't they be all over these Kenyans for saying this? Why are we allowing these Kenyans to draw such conclusions a mere observations? This is a travesty.

Or...maybe we always rely on observations and inferences and it's something deeper than science that makes scientists protest intelligent design. Just a thought.

1 comment:

IlĂ­on said...

Many years ago I took my nieces to the small zoo in our hometown. I was quite surprized when the (male) chimp began flipping the bird at some teenagers ... as though he understood what he was doing.