There has been so much underestimating of animal cognition that to perhaps overestimate it, as I probably do, is probably a healthy reaction.
Religion looms as large as an elephant in the United States, to the point that being nonreligious is about the biggest handicap a politician running for office can have, bigger than being gay, unmarried, thrice married, or black.
The enemy of science is not religion. Religion comes in endless shapes and forms... The true enemy is the substitution of thought, reflection, and curiosity with dogma.
Female bonobos form a strong sisterhood. They rule through female solidarity.
The primate laugh is given in playful contexts, and as such has a strong similarity to the human laugh.
We need to separate the process of evolution - which is, indeed, a self-serving process - and the actual motivations of animals.