|The hypothesis for Project Nim was that identity (or "nature") either doesn't exist, or doesn't weigh heavily into the equation for the life outcomes of living beings -- i.e., that "nurture" overridingly determines outcomes, regardless of the nature of the living being in question.|
This hypothesis was proved wrong by the project when "Nim" (the chimpanzee) grabbed his original, surrogate (human) "mother" by the ankle and, in a rage, swung her body around like a rag doll. This was the woman who had literally breast-fed him as a baby. Nim -- who had been treated with human love for all of his life -- also partially bit the face off of one of his female caretakers.
So much for the idea that a thing can act in contradiction to its nature.
(Edited by Ed Thompson on 7/21, 5:54pm)