Re: USA Today - interview with Gugatkin and de Waal on animal culture

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    On 06/08/01 09:12, Scott Chase said this-

    >The big problem would not be
    >in using the word "culture", but employing this term in a way that
    >anthropocentrically places humans within a charmed circle, removed from the
    >"lowly" animals.

    Granted, but, that anthropocentricity is where the meaning of 'culture'
    _came_ from, not the realms of behaviorism or biology. (Well, 'culture'
    in biology means something quite different, although, yeah, the
    Backstreet Boys and MTV are sorts of germs, in their own way....)

    Culture can easily become 'artistic behavior', 'social behavior', 'tribal
    behavior', etc, with no harm to its roots, its expression, or its


    Shouldn't we leave culture in its petri dish?

    - Wade

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