The Exploding Kitten of Parsimony

Richard Wrangham described the behavior of a young chimp, Kakama, who played with a small log as if it were a child. Kakam made a small nest for it, held it, and seemingly loved it. What is the best scientific explanation for this behavior? Do you risk anthromorphising the behavior by suggesting it is like what a child does? Or do you risk anthropodenial by assuming the chimp is just an automaton, more like a watch than a human, just a watch who happens to like logs?

Kibale National Park, Uganda: Rod Waddington

Evolving author of “Does my algorithm have a mental health problem?”, “Why do we die?” and “The dark side of information proliferation.”

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