The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given humankind language and technology. While it was thought to be limited to humans until now, researchers have recently found that baboons are also capable of cumulative culture. (1)
We believe culture is about language and technology.
But this is not culture.
Apes have language and technology (“tools”).
Look at a great painting.
Listen to a great piece of music.
Just stand by Hagia Sophia.
This is culture.
Things we cannot express in words.
Things we can just sit in awe and admire.
Get your iPhone my dear ape.
Leave culture to humans…