In the August 2020 issue of Smithsonian Magazine on P30 there is an article on the bonobo, the article itself is on a crontoversy regarding a specific bonobo and the researcher who studied him.
Now in 1963, when I was 10, my Mom let me have some of her science fiction collection, which she kept out in the garage. Kept me out of her hair, and I’ve been reading it and other like material for the past half century or so. And in my readings I’ve kept running across non-human sapiens again and again. Looks to me like we’ve just found a new one, and a real one at that.
I know they’re not supposed to be, but I say that protest is a load of crap. According to the article, I forget where exactly, it is noted that the bonobos in question are inventing words for the ideograms they use to communicate with. That is, they are applying sounds they make to the graphics. That is to say, not only are they speaking, they’re also engaged in neologisms. Wouldn’t surprise me to learn they also pun.
What it comes down to is, we have another sapient on our hands. Not as capable as us overall, but sapient. And that means that how we handle them will be going through some substantial changes. Not all at once and not all entirely, but still they can reason as far as I can tell, which means that in the near future we will become more caregivers than owners. And I can see their being integrated into society and fairly soon.
And my apologies, but what with my injury and eating habits and the like I’m not really ready to continue with this. Still I thought you’d like to know.