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Что делает человека человеком?

СЕНТ-ЭНДРЮС, ШОТЛАНДИЯ – В июле любители кино потянулись в кинотеатры на фильм «Планета обезьян: Война», в котором армия модифицированных ретровирусом приматов ведёт войну против человечества. Шимпанзе верхом на лошадях, гориллы с автоматами, учёные орангутанги – всё это, несомненно, хорошо подходит для шоу. Но может ли когда-нибудь произойти нечто подобное в реальной жизни?

В романе Пьера Буля «Планета обезьян» (1963 год), послужившем основой для этого фильма, космонавт Улисс Меру застрял на страшной планете: ею управляют гориллы, орангутанги и шимпанзе, копирующие язык, культуру и технологии своих бывших хозяев – людей. Тем временем, люди деградировали в брутальных, примитивных дикарей.

В зловещем реализме «Планеты обезьян» многое объясняется удивительным вниманием Буля к научным деталям и его знанием работ о поведении животных, опубликованных к тому времени. Его книга опирается на популярную до сих пор идею, будто некоторые животные, например, шимпанзе и дельфины, обладают развитой, но тайной системой коммуникаций, которую люди совершенно не способны понять. Многие предпочитают думать, что все эти «высокомерные» учёные, утверждающие, будто животные не способны разговаривать, просто-напросто не способны расшифровать сигналы животных.

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