Today is Jane Goodall's 80th birthday. To celebrate, Brain Picking's Maria Popova has assembled a poignant and thoughtful tribute to the legendary primatologist, featuring Goodall's reflections on science, religion and human responsibility.

An excerpt from Goodall's reflections:

With language we can ask, as can no other living beings, those questions about who we are and why we are here. And this highly developed intellect means, surely, that we have a responsibility toward the other life-forms of our planet whose continued existence is threatened by the thoughtless behavior of our own human species โ€” quite regardless of whether or not we believe in God.


Go check out the rest over on Brain Pickings. It is a quick โ€“ and excellent โ€“ read.