The Alun Parry Podcast – Ep 04 – What Chimps Teach Us About Ourselves

Alun Parry Podcast
Dr Keith Jensen is an animal behaviourist who got interested in the animals that are human beings.

Interestingly, he digs deeper into human psychology by studying chimps, other apes and monkeys.

I spoke to him to find out what non human primates have to teach us about what makes humans tick. The conversation was fascinating.

Listen in, and explore the evolutionary clues that help shape who we really are.

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Alun Parry is Director of The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice


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2 thoughts on “The Alun Parry Podcast – Ep 04 – What Chimps Teach Us About Ourselves”

  1. Finally got round to peeling a banana and sitting back to listen to the whole interview. Absolutely fascinating! And useful. Covered pretty much everything I would have asked the guy myself. It seems other primates are perhaps too remote evolutionarily to get definitive information on modern human behaviour. Although the border patrols of chimps was very revealing. The prisoners dilemma I’ve read about in Richard Dawkins work. You identified that co-operation works as a default in small groups, but in larger ones there is always the possibility of getting away with an initial selfish move because your reputation itself has limited reach. This fits with a hypothesis I’m working with that it is the ‘evolutionary mismatch’ of living in much larger groups than we evolved for that causes us so much trouble.

    Cheers Alun, great interview

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