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Most of the inter-species conflicts
happening in the recent past have been a
result of misunderstandings. Humans
might want to cut a forest down, but
animals are unable to articulate that they
were already living there except by
screeching, biting, and throwing their own
were to teach a certain number
of wild apes sign language, they would
pass it on to their children and spread the
behavior. This would do a lot to mend the
misunderstandings between humans and
apes and to bring about cooperation
rather than competition. Then the apes
might have a better chance of survival if
they could at least communicate in some
Of course, you might just have chimps
walking into towns and demanding things
like potato chips and silly hats, or forming
a complex and technologically advanced
society that would eventually rule the
world and enslave humans.
maybe try wearing one of these to teach them sign language
scroll all the way down to see the giant banana! [xandram, Apr 12 2006]
(?) get past the ads on this and there's real info on animal communication
[xandram, Apr 12 2006]
Talking gorilla asks philosophical questions. [DrCurry, Apr 13 2006]
If you are in a hurry just skip to the fourteenth paragragh. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Apr 14 2006]
||1. Too many chimps, too little time.
||2. The poachers would just shoot them anyway, even if they did understand the sign language.
||"So they can tell poachers and loggers to leave them alone"
||As noted on one of my other ideas, I think you should consider arming them first. They'll catch up to the language part sooner or later.
||//As noted on one of my other ideas, I think you should consider arming them first. They'll catch up to the language part sooner or later.//
||Ah, reminiscent of my long-deleted Gorilla Warfare, about exactly that.
||Teaching them sign language would be
useful, as the increasing cancer-like
infiltration of almost every patch of land
on the planet by roads and their
accompanying murdering machines also
form a stream of semantically loaded
graphic litter (usually on inconsiderately
positioned metal posts) that the apes
could derive meaning from.
||Idea corollary No 1: Teach poachers and loggers sign language so they can understand the highly-educated yet not completely civilised if judging by our standards primates.
||I don't remember where I read it, (probably fiction) but someone said Some of the Apes CAN talk. They just don't because they understand that if man finds out, that man will put the apes to work.
||There's a talking gorilla in the linked book, but he's not exactly wild.
||Dr. Gary Shapiro beat you to it with released Orangutans in Borneo. [link]
Now if Dolphins only had hands. Hmmmmmm.