This documentary covered a subject which is frequently resorted to in Darwinist propaganda in order to mislead the public: chimpanzee intelligence and behaviour. Its subject matter was a group of chimpanzees who live in the rainforests, known as the Tai Jungle, on the coast of the Western African country The Ivory Coast.
Viewers were shown images and provided comments regarding a chimpanzee community said to consist of 60 individuals which had been studied by a husband and wife team of researchers. The most emphasized point in this production was the way this chimpanzee community was able to crack walnuts to an extent not observed in other chimpanzee societies. Indeed, the chimpanzees did demonstrate an astonishing level of ability in that regard.
The chimpanzees obtained the contents of the nut by placing the shell on a wooden anvil and hitting it with a thick branch. According to the commentary, this technique could only be employed by chimpanzees older than 10, and chimpanzees handed on this knowledge from one generation to the next. Unsurprisingly, Animal Planet then interpreted this behaviour from a Darwinist perspective. According to Animal Planet, this chimpanzee community was able to shed light on our alleged evolutionary ancestors. Animal Planet knows no bounds in its evolutionist propaganda, and did not hesitate to describe these chimpanzees as "one of us."
Moreover, Animal Planet also claimed that these chimpanzees also used branches to hit trees with, like a drumstick, thus communicating with one another.
The chimpanzee behaviour forced into a Darwinist mould on Animal Planet actually consists of the fantasies of a belief system which displays a blind devotion to scenarios of human evolution but which provides no scientific evidence for them. As Animal Planet viewers, we witness the chimpanzees" behaviour and listen to tall tales about how such behaviour has been left over from the evolutionary process. The fact is, however, that showing us "human-like" behaviour, especially of chimpanzees, must not give the impression that chimpanzees are the only creatures to display such "human-like" behaviour.
Contrary to the picture which Animal Planet seeks to form in our minds, there are many creatures in nature which display what could be termed "human-like" behaviour. When one examines the human-like behaviour of such animals as bees, beaver, ants and crows, it can be seen how misleading similar evolutionary claims concerning chimpanzees are. Although these creatures are far remote to man on the illusory evolutionary family tree than chimpanzees are, they display a level of intelligence which no chimpanzee could match.
To give a brief example, elephants communicate by striking their feet on the ground and set up a complex network of communication. Of course, however, this ability in elephants does not show that they and man evolved from a common ancestor.
There are many other creatures as well as elephants which invalidate the Darwinist propaganda concerning chimpanzees. (You can find a more detailed article of ours on this subject here.)
As we have seen, there is no scientific basis behind showing the human-like behaviour of chimpanzees to the accompaniment of Darwinist tall tales.
The support which Animal Planet gave to Darwinism in this program was not restricted to chimpanzees" success in cracking walnuts. Animal Planet also engaged in Social Darwinist propaganda when describing another form of behaviour to do with chimpanzees. The documentary also showed a hunt in which the chimpanzee community in question ambushed a long-tailed monkey, catching it in the trees, and then tore it limb from limb and ate it, to the accompaniment of savage cries. A large number of chimpanzees tried to take a piece of the corpse, and fought with one another to do so. These formed a terrible picture of mixed savagery and selfishness.
In a most interesting way, this savage and selfish behaviour was declared on Animal Planet to be behaviour which inspired the "love and respect" of the researchers. According to this, the married couple watching the chimpanzees "increased their feelings of love and respect for the chimpanzees as they came to better understand the selfishness in the sharing out of the prey."
These statements clearly showed that Animal Planet thought that man"s alleged evolutionary ancestors had once shared this savagery and selfishness, and that it was a cause for rejoicing that such selfish behaviour should be observed in man"s so-called relatives.
This Darwinist message given by Animal Planet -reveals that those who support that ideology do so as a so-called justification of the conflict of interests and selfishness in man"s nature. As we know, Darwinism is a philosophy which maintains that there is a constant struggle for survival in nature and that only the strong survive. The damage this philosophy does to human relations is evident. In a society where Darwinist philosophy prevails, the weak will be crushed, and individuals will engage in conflict with others in accordance with their own interests. If these conflicts spread through that society and cannot be reined in, then a society in which chaos and anarchy rule will be the inevitable result.
Not for nothing did the racist/fascist/communist dictators and theoreticians who wreaked bloodshed and destruction on humanity in the 20th century rain praise on Darwin"s theories. Many events of bloodshed in the 20th century were a deadly experiment in which Darwinism was implemented in social life.
We advise Animal Planet to cease engaging in Social Darwinist propaganda2003-08-18 00:00:00