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Wild Man from BorneoA Cultural History of the Orangutan$
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Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837143

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001

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Afterword

Afterword

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(p.248) Afterword
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Wild Man from Borneo
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Robert Cribb

Helen Gilbert

Helen Tiffin

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0011

This concluding chapter reiterates how, in many ways, the great apes are very like humans. It may be true that apes lack the capacity to feel remorse, a sense of duty, and historical consciousness, but they can feel sadness, curiosity, and love, and they can demonstrate mischievousness. It may be true that they do not speak in the sense in which humans understand language, but they communicate, listen, and comprehend, and they teach. In 1996 Pope John Paul II recognized evolution as a valid scientific doctrine and ruled that it was not in conflict with the special status of humans because God had conferred personhood on humans in an “ontological leap” that had been denied to animals.

Keywords:   great apes, humans, Pope John Paul II, evolution, scientific doctrine

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