Ed Simon

Ed Simon is an editor for Berfrois and a staff writer for The Millions. His collection America and Other Fictions: On Radical Faith and Post-Religion is available from Zero Books.


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[Photo: Koko the talking gorilla]

Religion Dispatches Culture

What We Saw in the Eyes of Koko the Talking Gorilla (1971-2018)

Ed Simon

Inherit the Wind's creationist protesters may have held signs reading “I’m not descended from a monkey,” but the reality is that apes permeate our myths, religion, and literature precisely because it's so obvious we’re related. Darwin may have provided the mechanism, but our own eyes tell us that there's something eerily human in the eyes of our closest simian ancestors.

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