Justifying Human Behavior with Animal Stories
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.