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Yo! Scratch This!

1:45 PM -- Monkey science news from researchers at the University of Michigan:

    It was once thought that only humans gestured to direct another person's attention, but such "referential" gesturing was recently observed in wild chimpanzees.

    John Mitani, University of Michigan anthropology professor, and colleague Simone Pika, a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at University of St. Andrews in Scotland, observed male chimps habitually using "directed scratches" to request grooming of specific areas on the body. The findings suggest that our closest living relatives may be capable of mental-state attribution, making inferences about the knowledge of others.
So, there you have it: We know what we like and we know how to get it.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:59:36 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! Larry, the attack monkey,
capable of mental-state attribution!

You should try that as a pickup line at your next visit to the watering hole.


Happy Scratching!

CLG
whyiswhy 12/5/2012 | 3:59:35 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! Depends...

Are you dressed in leather or rubber?

-Why
CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:59:35 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! Larry,
Before your ego gets to inflated, consider this...


Which behavior:
a) Larry indicating where to scratch or
b) my dog placing its leash on my lap while I'm vegging in front of the TV

indicates a higher level of mental-state attribution?

CFRLG

CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:59:34 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! >Are you dressed in leather or rubber?

Who said I was dressed?

Hate to interrupt your mental visions, but I am normally in jeans and a T-shirt while watching TV.

I do own more leather than rubber, unless of course if you count my tires- but I don't wear them very often. ;)

CLG
Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:59:34 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! Hey monkey, what happened to Birfing? I'm touched that my mock disgust would cause Britney's removal.

If that was the cause, then I'm going to do the country a favor and take my mock disgust nationally.
Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 3:59:33 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! It may have been yours and my follow on Monkey Rebuke.

http://www.lightreading.com/bo...

Now don't be a pansy and deleted the link to our comments. All the links to the original BLOG have been redirected.

We all make mistakes, even Progressive Primates.

We Love You Larry!
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:59:28 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! As it turns out, mentioning Kevin Federline violates LR's standards and practices.
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:59:27 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! I'd say "vegging in front of the TV" comes in dead last here.
Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:59:26 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! As it turns out, mentioning Kevin Federline violates LR's standards and practices.

To think that LR has higher standards and practices than 99.9% of US news sources. My hat is off to you LR!
Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 3:59:24 AM
re: Yo! Scratch This! WOW,

I did not see that one coming. Playing the Federline card. Simple diabolical.

First Shock and now Awe.

I don't know how you all can possibly take it to the next level.

Good luck.

Cheers,

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