Raising a Child with his Chimpanzee Cousin

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

There is a line in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that states, "Earthmen are not proud of their ancestors and never invite them round to dinner." Well, I never have my ancestors round to dinner either because they are dead. In context, Douglas Adams was referring to our alleged evolutionary cousins.

No, you will not find it in the book. Adams was an atheist and an evolutionist, and he probably wrote the sequence showing a chimpanzee at a formal dinner party for the BBC series. So he probably meant cousins.

Formal dining with a chimpanzee, made with Bing AI image generator, modified at PhotoFunia
In "When a Child and a Chimp Were Raised Together," Denyse O'Leary wrote about an experiment in 1931. A couple of married psychologists decided to raise their ten-month-old son and a seven-month-old female chimpanzee together.

Whoa there a minute, Pard. Back in 1931, Sigmund Freud was held in high esteem and the field of psychology was growing. Like most self-respecting secularists, he was an atheist and an evolutionist. There are many schools of psychology and probably all of them are dangerous to some extent, and consider psychology superior to religion. That'll be the day!

It did seem like a good idea to raise a chimp and child together, presupposing evolution was true and using superficial similarities.

It did not go well.

The experiment was abandoned, but the reasons remain unclear. One may be because the human, being more intelligent, was trying to pick up on chimp mannerisms. Biblical creationists know why the experiment failed. A chimpanzee is an animal. It is actually quite different from humans, but we are created in the image of God. Presuppositions based on naturalism invariably fail and often lead to disaster, so it is best to presuppose the truth of the Word of the Creator. If that secularist couple had bothered to consider this, they probably wouldn't have bothered with that foolish experiment.