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December 30th, 2009
Program Two: So Human, So Chimp
Video Excerpt: Chimps vs. Children

Put to work at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, Alan Alda finds out how children will help—and like it, while chimps are less inclined to offer enthusiastic assistance.

“So Human, So Chimp” premieres January 13 on PBS.

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  • Nyloc Rek

    It feels good to help and we seem to do it naturally. This begs the question of why we sometimes choose not to help. How does this feel for both the helper and the helped? What sorts of messages are we sending about our relationship by withdrawing our cooperation? I suspect that both parties may feel “snubbed.” To our social nature, this feels significant.

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