Nim Chimpsky incarcerated for failure to speak

Here’s an additional article about a chimpanzee who was forced to learn man’s language and destroyed, emotionally, psychically and physically as a result. He was also given an stupid name:

Perhaps the saddest aspect of Nim’s life is that after Terrace concluded in Science that Nim was using sign language only as as sophisticated form of begging, which had the effect of killing most chimp research at the time, Nim spent the rest of his life living in cages and desperately signing to people. He even taught sign language to his fellow chimps. When approached by an unfamiliar human, Nim would sign his desire for food, freedom and companionship (what else is there?). If the human signed back, Nim was thrilled. If the human didn’t know sign language, he would lapse into passive depression.

SOURCE: THE APTLY-NAMED, THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING

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Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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