Feminism makes you stupid

Two points:

All macaques’ social groups are arranged around dominant, matriarchal females.


Primates are unquestionably clever: Monkeys can learn how to use money, and chimpanzees have a knack for game theory. But no one has ever taught a nonhuman primate to say “hello.”

Scientists have long been intrigued by the failure of primates to talk like us. Understanding the reasons may offer clues to how our own ancestors evolved full-blown speech, one of our most powerful adaptations.

On Friday, a team of researchers reported that monkeys have a vocal tract capable of human speech. They argue that other primates can’t talk because they lack the right wiring in their brains.

And the proof?

Dr. Fitch, a former student of Dr. Lieberman, and his colleagues came to a much different conclusion after reviewing X-ray videos of macaques.

Yep, matriarchal societies prevent speech.

But then every son in law ever has known that, right?

9 thoughts on “Feminism makes you stupid”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    We like to think we are superior to other primates.

    But on the other hand, we have Paul Mason and the macaques do not.

    No matriarchal society has ever produced anything of note. Why would men bother? The success of the West has been due to making men sacrifice themselves and their happiness to the greater benefit of their wives and society as a whole.

  2. So my brother was 4 years old and had never spoken. My parents had taken him to several doctors, and none could find anything wrong with him.

    One evening at dinner, I was serving myself some potatoes. My brother EXCLAIMED, “Hey, save some for me!”

    My parents were stunned. “You can talk! Why have you never said anything?”

    “Because everything has been okay up to now.”

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    I wonder if all the male macaques are, in fact, down their equivalent of the local pub. Commiserating with each other. Speaking clearly and fluently, and saying “She doesn’t understand me, she never understood me, this matriarchy thing is not what it is cracked up to be”.

    And we just don’t notice because we, and especially primate scientists, don’t get invited to those sort of dives?

  4. Many animals do communicate. Is talking like we do a superior method of information exchange? Possibly not.
    I’m no expert on animals but I have a dog and 2 cats – all 3 of whom can let me know they want something. All of whom when interacting with others of their own species can communicate.

    Watch a cat sometime when its near another cat – the way the ears move, the body language – is it more subtle than a human saying ‘Hi Bill how you doing today?’

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Martin – “Is talking like we do a superior method of information exchange? Possibly not.”

    Human beings have evolved the ability to say “please don’t eat me or cut my testicles off”. Cows and cats have not. I would say that is pretty good evidence of our superior method of information exchange.

    I would go one step further and say this is the problem with abortion. If the foetus made a small noise akin to a puppy being kicked when someone inserted a metal rod into their brains, abortion would be illegal.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    One of our cats doesn’t shut up when we’ve been out for the day. And as for non verbal comms between cats, our 2 seem to do it when they’re not looking at each other. I presume it’s pheromones or something similar.

  7. Someone seems to think that we are more intelligent than cats because we do not understand what they say while they do understand what we say.

    Is that person called Murphy?

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