In one of our meetings with Prof. Juned Sonido in STS X2, we had a film showing of a documentary about The Life of Mammals. If I remember, the documentary has five parts, according to what I saw in the selection menu, but only two of them were showed which were: The Social Climbers and Food for Thought. Generally, the two parts of the film told us about the similarities between the monkeys and humans.
The first part
was the Social Climbers. In this section, it was shown that the monkeys
are capable of social interactions. This was because of the size of the
brains of the monkeys. However, the size of the brains of the monkeys
were not the same, for example, Saddleback Tamarin and baboon; baboons
have larger brains than Saddleback Tamarins. With this in mind, it was
also noticed that baboons have a society more complex than that of
Saddleback Tamarins, and humans, which have larger brains than all kinds
of monkeys, have a more complex society than monkeys; therefore it was
concluded that the larger the brain, the more complex the society. This
is a very important finding as it can also be induced that this applies
to other mammals, and this can also be used.
The second part was
Food for Thought. Here it was shown that monkeys have different ways of
getting food. There were monkeys which were herbivores, and there were
monkeys which were carnivores. And while they had ways for getting food,
they also had ways for them not to be the food, because while hunting,
they can also be the hunted. They split into groups which scouts for
predators from above and below, and when they spot danger, they alert
the rest of the groups so that they may evade the predators’ attacks.
This behavior can also be observed in humans. For example, in a beach,
there are lifeguards or personnel who scouts for predators in the
vicinity of the beach. When a shark is seen, the first one who sees it
alerts the other people and they will quickly flee from the waters to
protect themselves. On the later portion of the second part, it was
shown that monkeys learn through watching the elder monkeys or humans.
In this, it can be said that monkeys have the potential to do what
humans can do. This shows that when humans uses this actions, monkeys do
This documentary is very insightful. It was showed how
similar monkeys are with the humans. While monkeys can learn the way
monkeys do, monkeys may also be able to reason the way we humans do.
With this, the possibility of Charles Darwin’s theory being true made it
more credible with this documentary, however, I refuse to be
acknowledge about evolution of the monkeys to humans. What more can be
done? Can monkeys actually reason and think like humans? When it is
true, can monkeys become scientists, so that more things can be