Justifying Human Behavior with Animal Stories

May 3, 2012

Ants practice democracy... Penguins are monogamous... Bonobos honor female sensitivity. If animals do it, does that mean humans should too?

We talk with a Virginia historian who has been researching two centuries of such arguments; including when behavior in nature was used to justify slavery, the divine right of kings, and much more.

Nicolaas Rupke, PhD - Science Historian. The “Johnson Professor of History” at Washington and Lee University.  Former Director of the Göttingen Institute for the History of Medicine at Göttingen University in Germany.