Friday, 20 July 2012

Film Friday: Project Nim


Last week I watched Project Nim, a documentary film all about a project that ran in the 1970s, to try and train a chimpanzee to learn language. The idea was to try and raise Nim like a human child. However, a lot of the team who worked with Nim seemed inexperienced, some even letting Nim smoke cigarettes and dope. Although Nim picked up over 100 different words via sign language, as he grew older he naturally became harder to handle. The project seemed quite ill thought out and left me feeling quite sorry for Nim, who'd been taken from his mother at a very young age to be subjected to a rather unscientific experiment. 
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  1. I'd heard about this and wondered whether it would be as sad as it sounded - can't help but think there was some unintended cruelty there!

    Jem xXx

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