It’s not uncharitable to call someone an ape when he calls himself that.
New Scientist entitled a short article, “We Are the Improbable Ape.” It’s perhaps fortunate that the author(s) did not identify himself, herself, itself or themselves, because it claimed that 3 chance mutations made us what we are, complete with thinking brains (5/05/2012) and language. One excerpt wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:
Richard Dawkins once described evolution as “climbing mount improbable”. It is always worth remembering that humans have climbed the highest.
It’s not entirely clear that an improbable ape arriving by the Stuff Happens Law would know which way is up.
Maybe the improbable ape who wrote for New Scientist is highest on another level, the “under the influence” level. The rest of us rational human beings can be content we are on the level on purpose. Just hope the improbable apes don’t throw their rocks with as good aim as the Swedish chimp reported in PLoS One does. Both are equally good at practicing deceit, though.