Sunday, May 11, 2014

ANDAYA - Social Climbers and Food for Thought

Social Climbers talks about the several similarities of humans and monkeys in regards to social hierarchy, communities and communication. It featured several species of primates from chimpanzees to baboons depicting how they live every day, how they interact with other species and their environment and includes decoding their different behaviors as well. One thing I find it fascinating in this documentary is that it practically covers the species around the world. And it is amazing that these species are being documented and studied very well even before the production of the documentary. It is interesting to see that there are animals with well-defined social structure. This social structure has its own set of rules that like humans, we defy and do not follow them sometimes. It really changes how you look at monkeys and give them more respect that they can develop and achieve things.
Food for Thought shows how monkeys, and eventually humans, search for food. It showed that monkeys have the capacity to use human tools and this are mostly learned through observance. It also shows how monkeys slowly evolve into a more human-like body. It reveals how changes in their environment or being introduced into a different place required them to adapt properly and this contributed to human-like behaviors. The documentary is followed by how humans get their food; from grazing, hunting and eventually settling down in a community for planting and harvesting plants. Building a community lead to a great increase in population and these is something interesting and troubling at the same time. Will there come a time wherein food will not be enough for everyone? In the current trend of population growth, it is a serious concern. Increase in food production requires better technology, and more lands for planting and we all know that these are limited within our planet. I think it is really time that population is controlled dramatically unless we can settle at other planets before our own planet is destroyed.

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