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Kanzi the Great

The closely related Bonobos and Common_Chimpanzees (together making up the genus “Pan”) share around 98 % of genes with us, the human beings. A bit less we share with Gorillas and Orangutans. Together we belong to the Primates, particularly the Apes, particularly the Great Apes, called Hominidae. Thus a look into the life and behaviour of our relatives tells us also a lot about ourselves and our Evolution. Human arrogance has been reduced in the last decades by finding out that we´re not the only ones having self-awareness and by understanding that we´re also not the only ones having developped tool-making. These two qualities are by the way also not exclusive to Primates but also at times being observed with few quite different species. Remarkable is also the fact that some of our relatives have developped “cultures”, methods varying between different groups of the same species. An important question is the field of communication, including even the communication between different species, for example between Great Apes and ourselves. Experiments on this have been going on for decades.

Outstanding Examples of “Humanlike Behaviour” and Communication

Astonishing progress had been found in the communication with Great Apes. For example there is the Gorilla lady Koko who can communicate by sign language. Now, sign language contains elements which are derived from gestures partly automatically associated with emotions or activities. Nevertheless it is very impressing to see the Gorilla´s ability to communicate this way with her human friend. It´s impossible not to be moved by watching this exchange of informations as well as expression of feelings.

Another case is the Orangutan Chantek, one parent Sumatran Orangutan, the other from Borneo. Baby_Chantek was taught sign language as well. Being a_very_clever_guy he was roaming the University campus a bit too excessive and it ended in a somehow tear_jerking_story, since he was taken to Atlanta_Zoo to live with other Oranutans. The Smithonian Magazin in deed identified “six_talking_Apes”.

Kanzi, the Super Star

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Kanzi at Young Age

Among all those of our impressive hairy cousins the outstanding “Super Star” is the Bonobo Kanzi. That clever guy was_born_in_1980 into a Bonobo group in a research center. He understands_several_hundred_words in English, can make fire and is a very willing helper to his caretaker. He likes jokes and masquerading. He even learned to telephone, but how? Apes anatomy doesn´t allow them to articulate human language. He managed by a sophisticated_equipment made available to him: a word synthesizer, which allows him to create English words by touching symbols on a Touchscreen.

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Kanzi making fire

The Clou

He learned that as a very small kid by observing the futile efforts to teach an elder Bonobo female. But this is the clou: the symbols are totally abstract signs! Nothing that represents in any way the content of the word. Now writing started from pictograms having a connection to the meant content. Only a next step lead to abstract symbols. This was regarded as a very human quality. Well, Kanzi didn´t invent this, but all of us didn´t invent it too (ancestors did long ago), we just learned to understand and use it, so did Kanzi.

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Kanzi´s Keyboard

This means he has the intellectual capacity to connect the abstract symbol with the meaning. And he does that in an impressive way also displaying creativity in covering new items by combination of words. After all this all takes place in a favouring and inspirational enviroment which is far from the normal enviroment of Bonobos. Anyway, Kanzi´s abilities fix a mark in our progress of understanding our closest relatives.

Additional Thoughts

It is interesting that these remarkable abilities in communication are displayed in a Bonobo but not so much in Chimps (both evolutionary equally close to us). Both species hunt, they both also hunt small monkeys, but the common Chimps display much more  and excessive brutality_and_have_wars_among_themselves. Concerning human brutality we equal Chimps more than Bonobos, taking communication abilities and brutality we combine_important_traits_of_both. One thing is clear: concerning self awareness and the emotional make up we humans and our relatives are very close to each other and the potential to suffer is very similar likewise.

On the other side we have to admit that human abilities exceed those ones of our relatives by far. What in our DNA makes the big difference? There´s an interesting point in the discussion: we´re often correctly told that we share around 98 % of the genes with our closest relatives, but there is a difference which is hardly mentioned in popularized science. We have one pair of chomosomes less than the Great Apes because of a chromosomal fusion connecting two chomosomes in humans. By the way, in deed the general question_of_chromosomal_mutation_in_evolution is a scientifically thrilling one. It could have an extraordinary effect on gene_expression. A big question in human evolution is thus: when did this mutation appear? Did it occur by the hybridization of two or more species of the Australopithecines?

Will they survive? And will we Survive?

All Great Apes belong to the endangered_species. In deed many of our relatives end up as “Bushmeat”, which is somhow blamed on the people of Africa. But the scource of this hunting is poverty and the miserable condition Africa has been plunged into and kept in, “Colonialism_is_alive_and_well”! As for the most brilliant of our “cousins”, the Bonobos, future looks very dim, since they live in the Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo. That country is exposed to extreme – Western orchestrated – plunder since the times of Belgian King Leopold_II. DR Congo and the African_Great_Lakes Region have been and are exposed to murderous wars, covered by more than twenty_years_of_brazen_desinformation. This might have cost DR Congo more than eight million deaths during the last 21 years and the murder is going on. Today most important in this is the hunt for Coltan. It is all for “Western progress” and no sweet “partnership_talks” can wipe that away!

The “Powers that (shouldn´t) be”, Great Apes and our Survival

No doubt, we Humans have responsibility for our hairy relatives survival, but even more so for Humanity´s survival. Some benevolent people caring for our relatives at times loose that a bit out of sight. Focussing on general human responsibility for the Great Apes they tend to forget that there are the “Powers that (shouldn´t) be“ even contemplating about wiping_out_large_setions_of_mankind.

Moreover those powers play aggressive “war games” which put even whole mankind´s existence at risk by pushing us to the edge of “Nuclear Armaggedon”. In the end most of us are in “the same boat”, together with our hairy Cousins!

Andreas Schlüter

 

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Thanks to my English Speaking Readers

Dear Readers,

thanks a lot for the appreciation of my blog! The increasing number of your visits during 2016 is a great encouragement for me. Of the 58,548 clicks in 2016 (compared to 34,939 in 2015) on my blog 31,816 clicks came from outside Germany (compared to 10,841 in 2015), mostly picking English written articles. I have to thank you also for your patience because surely my English – being a Hamburg born person – is sometimes wanting, despite the fact that I enjoy writing in English very much.

Since it is always difficult to get orientation about existing articles on a blog, here are some link collections sorted by topics:

Link list of my articles about the USA: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/list-of-my-articles-on-the-usa/

Link list of my articles about Africa: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/african-struggles-for-social-justice-freedom-and-democracy-in-perspective-reflected-in-a-series-of-articles/

Overview Over my Little Art Works“:

https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/overview-over-my-little-art-works-uebersicht-ueber-meine-kleinkunst/

& Some Music: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/some-music/

My writing activities might be a bit reduced during the next menth because of some research projects on my to-do-list. You are invited to spread the links to articles of importance among your friends.

Down you find some graphics about the details of last year.

All the best for the New Year 2017!

Andreas Schlüter

For personal messages: a-schlueter-kwaku@gmx.de

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development over the years – Entwicklung über die Jahre

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from where the clicks came – von wo die Zugriffe kamen

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some Details (not all coutntries to be seen) – einige Details (nicht alle Länder zu sehen)

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Liebe Leser,

vielen Dank für die wachsende Zahl an Besuchen auf meinem Blog! Dies ist eine wirkliche Ermutigung für meine Arbeit. 2016 gab es 58.548 Zugriffe (in 2015 waren es 34.939) auf meinen Blog. Davon entfielen 26.746 auf Deutschland (24.098 in 2015), 1.661 auf Österreich (971 in 2015) und auf die Schweiz 1.354 (762 in 2015). Danke dafür, meinem Blog die Treue gehalten zu haben und die Besuche gesteigert zu haben.

Da es immer schwierig ist, auf einem Blog die Übersicht zu halten, hier

Linksammlungen zu bestimmten Themenbereichen:

Linksammlung zu den USA: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/link-liste-meiner-artikel-zu-den-usa/

Linksammlung zu Afrika und Nahost: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/artikelsammlung-zu-afrika-und-zum-nahen-osten/

Linksammlung zu Gladio, Geheimdiensten & den Morden des „NSU“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/link-liste-meiner-artikel-zu-gladio-nsu-geheimdiensten-und-staatsorganen/

Linkliste meiner Artikel zur Evolution, Humanevolution und Frühgeschichte: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/linkliste-meiner-artikel-zur-evolution-humanevolution-und-vorgeschichte/

Überblick über meine „Kleinkunst“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/overview-over-my-little-art-works-uebersicht-ueber-meine-kleinkunst/

Und ein wenig Musik: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/some-music/

Einige Recherche-Projekte werden mich in der nächsten Zeit wohl meine Schreib-Aktivitäten auf meinem Blog einschränken lassen müssen, meine Leser sind aber herzlich eingeladen, Links zu wichtigen Artikeln weiter zu verbeiten!

Alles Gute für das Neue Jahr 2017!

Andreas Schlüter

Für persönliche Mitteilungen: a-schlueter-kwaku@gmx.de

world-map

As difficult as it is to get a clear picture about what´s happening in the World, politically, socially and economically, some web pages are quite helpfull. The listing here doesn´t mean that I´d endorse every single contribution, but it´s based on the strong impression that all these pages are devoted to real search for the truth and many times provide good infos. I´d be glad about comments with more recommendations:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

https://www.corbettreport.com/

http://monthlyreview.org/2014/09/01/the-return-of-fascism-in-contemporary-capitalism/

https://off-guardian.org/

https://stuartjeannebramhall.com/

http://www.azizfall.com/

https://blackagendareport.com/black_agenda_radio_Mar6_17

https://garikaichengu.wordpress.com/

http://failuretolisten.tumblr.com/

http://ronaldjacksonglobal.blogspot.de/

https://normanpilon.com/about/

http://www.strategic-culture.org/

http://www.horacecampbell.net/

http://www.pambazuka.org/

https://qhabhuti.wordpress.com/

https://richardfalk.wordpress.com/

https://www.danieleganser.ch/home.html?lang=en

http://www.geopoliticsandcognition.com/

https://moorbey.wordpress.com/

https://memoryholeblog.com/

https://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/

https://www.rt.com/

https://onenessofhumanity.wordpress.com/about-2/

With all these great pages I´d like to credit James Corbett with the most genius and shortest presentation of the absurd official narrative about Nine Eleven and stripping it to what it is, a stupid fairytale:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgrunnLcG9Q

What after all is missing with all the pages (including my own) is the more concrete alternative to the existing mess and the „Powers that shouldn´t be“. As a good friend of mine, a very wise Lady from Egypt, is always demanding: we should come to intelligent action. And one element of that is to do more networking, to build a strong collective platform for spreading the truth and stirring resistance.

One part of that necessary clearness is enshrined in this famous quotation:

Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also remain silent about fascism.

Max Horkheimer (1939), https://www.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php?name=capitalismcrisis–the-far-right—sussex-seminar-21-2-11.pdf&site=12

And the most dangerous fascists don´t come along with the well known Nazi symbols but with suit and tie (as dangerous those old style fascists could be for individuals getting across them):

US Elections: No Illusions, Deadly Politics Will be Increased!”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/us-elections-no-illusions-deadly-politics-will-be-increased/

Andreas Schlüter

Links to my own blog:

My articles on the USA: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/list-of-my-articles-on-the-usa/

My articles on Africa: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/african-struggles-for-social-justice-freedom-and-democracy-in-perspective-reflected-in-a-series-of-articles/

 

Since some time I´ve included English written articles and contributions into my Internet Blog. I hope to expand the portion of the English part of it. Here are the links to the English written contributions and those including an English version existing yet:

About me: https://wipokuli.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/blog_editor_personal2.pdf

2016:

US Power Elite Declared War on the Southern Hemisphere, East Asia and all Non-Western Countries in September 2000”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/us-power-elite-declared-war-on-the-southern-hemisphere-east-asia-and-all-non-western-countries-in-september-2000/

US Elections: No Illusions, Deadly Politics Will be Increased!”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/us-elections-no-illusions-deadly-politics-will-be-increased/

Zika Virus and a Strange Case”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/zika-virus-and-a-strange-case/

End of 2015:

Season´s Greetings & Happy 2016! – Frohe Feiertage & ein gutes 2016! https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/happy-holidays-and-a-good-2016-schoene-feiertage-und-ein-gutes-2016/

World Politics and Geo-Strategy”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/world-politics-and-geo-strategy/

Netanyahu: Anti-Semite No 1 “Rewrites” History, or so!” https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/netanyahu-anti-semite-no-1-rewrites-history-or-so/

BBC, Rwanda: Did Kagame´s Murder Inc hit again? Death of Komla Afeke Dumor”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/bbc-rwanda-did-kagames-murder-inc-hit-again/

Welcome to the World Theatre – Willkommen im Welttheater! https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/welcome-to-the-world-theatre-willkommen-im-welttheater/

Uncle Sam: Black, Brown and Yellow People, I Shoot You!” https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/uncle-sam-black-brown-and-yellow-poeple-i-shoot-you/

USA, NSA, CIA et al, does the Devil exist? “You must know that we know!”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/you-must-know-that-we-know/

Oscar and the US – The Mask Is Slipping Off Again! https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/oscar-and-the-us-the-mask-is-slipping-off-again/

Nine Eleven and the Neocons: Finally Doing the Trick?”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/nine-eleven-and-the-neocons-finally-doing-the-trick/

Only ISIS is Barbaric? Burning People Alive! https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/only-isis-barbaric-burning-people-alive/

After Charlie Hebdo: Journalists And Cartoonists, If You Want To Be Brave, Here Are Some Cartoons You Could Spread!” https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/after-charlie-hebdo-journalists-and-cartonnists-if-you-want-to-be-brave-here-are-some-cartoons-you-could-spread/

Mary´s Mosaic”, Looking into an Abyss, Part II: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/marys-mosaic-looking-into-an-abyss-part-ii/

Looking into an abyss: „Ebola: Pandora´s Box Opened Since Long?“ https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/ebola-pandoras-box-opened-since-long/

USA and Israel, the Helpless Giant and his Mad Dog: are there mor dirty secrets? https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/usa-and-israel-the-helpless-giant-and-his-mad-dog-are-there-more-dirty-secrets/

Rwanda twenty years ago: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/rwanda-half-of-the-truth-is-a-whole-lie-twenty-years-of-brazen-desinformation/

African Struggles for Social Justice, Freedom and Democracy in Perspective, Reflected in a Series of Articles“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/african-struggles-for-social-justice-freedom-and-democracy-in-perspective-reflected-in-a-series-of-articles/

Malaysian Flight MH 370: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/mystery-what-happened-to-malaysian-flight-mh-370/

and

https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/addition-to-mystery-what-happened-to-malaysian-flight-mh-370/

List of my Articles on the USA: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/list-of-my-articles-on-the-usa/

Africa Under Attack:  https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/africa-under-attack-and-the-refugees-may-get-drowned/

The Fire Brigade is coming to Africa”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/the-fire-brigade-is-coming-to-africa/

Fuck the EU”: The Russian Bear Hits Back! https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/fuck-the-eu-the-russian-bear-hits-back/

„Mandela: Another of South Africa´s Heroes Dead!“ https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/mandela-another-of-south-africas-heroes-dead/

Assassination of JFK: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/assassination-of-jfk-half-a-century-of-lies/

“Nine Eleven a Dozen Years ago – Stirred it the Third World War?” https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/nine-eleven-a-dozen-years-ago-stirred-it-the-third-world-war/

Big Brother: Caught Red Handed?: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/big-brother-caught-red-handed/

Arafat & Litvinenko: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/arafat-and-litvinenko-an-interesting-turn-to-a-mysterious-story/

Obama and the Neocons: http://tinyurl.com/o3ou4gj

Egyptian Addition to: “US PowerElite: At War
Among Themselves?”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/egyptian-addition-to-us-power-elite-at-war-among-themselves/

“Snowden, Putin and the US Russian „Partnership“: some legitimate Speculations”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/snowden-putin-and-the-us-russian-partnership-some-legitimate-speculations/

Trayvon Martin: US Justice – RIP: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/trayvon-martin-us-justice-rip/

“US Americans: 4th of July – for You and for the World – I Cry!” https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/us-americans-4th-of-july-for-you-and-for-the-world-i-cry/

US Government: Hubris
Unchained?: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/us-government-hubris-unchained/

Africa 50 Years ago: Foundation of OAU: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/africa-50-years-ago-the-foundation-of-the-oau/

D-Day shouldn´t be forgotten: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/d-day-shouldnt-be-forgotten/

Staging a New Bogeyman for Colonial Wars? https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/staging-a-new-bogeyman/

Boston: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/boston-marathon-strategy-of-tension/

President Obama playing the „Super-Zionist“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/obama-playing-the-super-zionist/

“Habemus Papam”: A Cover Up?!: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/habemus-papam-a-cover-up/

On the death of Hugo Chavez: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/hugo-chavez-dead-im-asking-a-question/

Congo and Western crimes: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/crimes-on-congo-part-1-from-destruction-to-destroyed-independence/

Happy New Year?: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/happy-new-year-most-probably-it-will-not-be-one-for-many-people-on-this-globe/

„US Power Elite: At War Among Themselves?“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/us-power-elite-at-war-among-themselves/

Psychological Operations against the Truth: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/psychological-operations-say-the-truth-in-a-way-that-it-will-be-rejected/

Israel & Palestine: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/israel-a-ruthless-goliath-in-david%c2%b4s-disguise/

Strange things around the Green Card: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/us-big-brother%c2%b4s-fast-reaction/

Nine Eleven: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/remember-the-11th-of-september/

Sankara: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/aziz-fall-about-the-killing-of-a-great-african-thomas-sankara/

More articles:

on the death of Chinua Achebe: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/chinua-achebe-a-great-loss-but-africa-keeps-his-heritage-hopefully/

Islamism and Anti-Imperialism: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/appeal-to-my-fellow-human-beings-of-islamic-belief-by-an-anti-imperialist/

My own little Art work: https://wipokuli.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/gang-durch-meine-galerie-21.pdf

Just what it is called: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/a-little-tribute-to-africa/

Brilliant young artist from Nigeria: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/burxy-sule-creativity-exploding-explodierende-kreativitat/

Book recommendation (must read!): https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/must-read-if-you-want-to-understand-present-day-politics/

Norway, Breivik & Terrorism: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/breivik-the-burning-questions/

Also what it´s called: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/recommendations-for-the-weekend-to-read-and-look-at/

Israel, the US & Imperialism: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/wag-the-dog-but-what-if-the-dog-is-a-lizard/

First “advanced Civilization” in the Americas: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/the-olmec-mystery/

A serious joke: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/my-message-to-the-world/

Israel and the Two State Solution: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/israel-and-the-two-state-solution/

Obama, US power elite, Israel lobby & Israel: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/us-president-%e2%80%9ethe-most-glamorous-man-on-earth-servant-of-two-masters/

Vigilant poem on Africa: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/expatriate-pondering-over-africa%c2%b4s-past-and-future/

Reality of Israel´s occupation policy: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/near-east-reality-of-occupation/

Obama, “Change” & Kennedy: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/kennedy-and-%e2%80%9eno-change/

https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/happy-new-year-2012/

The forgotten struggle of West Papua and neocolonialism: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/the-forgotten-struggle-of-west-papua-and-neocolonialism/

Kennedy´s assassination in a clearer light: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/kennedy%c2%b4s-assassination-in-a-clearer-light/

Swiss historian Daniele Ganser & Nine Eleven:

https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/daniele-ganser-nine-eleven-reloaded-english-version/

Troy Davis: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/troy-davis-they-really-did-it-shame-shame-shame/

on Evolution: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/mutation-in-the-number-of-chromosomes-in-evolution/