November 7th, 2007

Orangutan

Monkeys do it, too!

Interesting Article in yesterday's Times on rationalization in capuchin monkeys. Apparently we're not the only primates who feel the need to convince ourselves we've made the right decision by rationalizing post facto.

It brings to mind this classic bit of dialogue from The Big Chill, between Michael (Jeff Goldblum) and Sam (Tom Berenger):

Michael: I don't know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They're more important than sex.

Sam: Ah, come on. Nothing's more important than sex.

Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?