Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Department of Bleeding Obvious

Behavioural psychologists found that female chimps mate with the males that give them the most fruit, while male chimps steal "desirable" fruits such as papaya from farms and orchards in a bid to woo potential mates. Oranges, pineapples and maize are among the most sought after crops, with bananas proving far less popular.

The scientists also discovered that the chimp that gathered the most fruit in the "food-for-sex" trade received more grooming from females than the group's alpha male.


Well blow me down, who would have expected it etc etc.

In the immortal words of Mrs Merton "tell me Debbie, what first attracted you to the diminutive multimillionaire ?"

11 comments:

John Gibson said...

This research project must have been especially rewarding to those male chimps who were also behavioural psychologists.

llekcarj said...

It shows female chimps have a "I just want to friends" category for male chimps just like humans do. Is that what the male gets is just a bit of grooming for his efforts instead of real nookie? Girl chimps are game players obviously.

Anonymous said...

You gotta wonder, on a global scale, just how much duplicated research is done, and the cost to taxpayers of this duplication.

Bert Rustle said...

extreme male brain theory

... The idea advanced by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, who leads the Cambridge team, is that human brains are predominantly attuned either to empathising with others, or to understanding how systems work. Women are more likely to be in the first group and men in the second ...

I am not aware of politicians or commentators publicly acknowledging these at birth differences between males/females. Indeed, virtually all empirical facts at variance with the Equality Agenda regarding male/female/race and intelligence/behaviour is ignored, unless it is detrimental to white males.

Anonymous said...

Societies that willfully ignore science for long periods inevitably end up down the pan.

Anonymous said...

"The idea advanced by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, who leads the Cambridge team,"

You're sure it wasn't Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, hero of glorious Khazakstan) leading a team of buxom wenches then?

Tim Worstall said...

Bert,

Nick Cohen had a fine column in the New Statesman on this subject. Differences are innate, not cultural (solely,,OK, some differencesare innate and while not directly sex or gender related, probabilities are.).

You've noted that NC no longer writes there?

Laban said...

I believe Simon and Sacha are indeed related

Laban said...

I believe Simon and Sacha are related

Bert Rustle said...

Tim Worstall wrote ... Nick Cohen had a fine column in the New Statesman on this subject. ... Which one, there are so many.

Tim Worstall wrote ...You've noted that NC no longer writes there? No. As only a small fraction of articles written by a small fraction of journalists/commentators/opinion formers/left-or-right-politicians contain more than a small fraction of logical deductions from a small fraction of the available empirical observations, I typically avoid them. A notable exception is Nicholas Wade. He resides in the heart of the beast in the “Pravda on the Hudson” (New York Times) and writes many articles at variance with the MultiCulti/Diversity framing of “Pravda on the Hudson”. On the outside looking in is Steve Sailer .

bernard said...

When chimps cease to hand around fruit and start to wear cod-pieces instead, then we'll know they have been looking at Gay centre-folds for inspiration.