Jane is a busy lady. She is technically Dame Jane Morris Goodall and is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. She’s considered the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees and spent 45 years studying their social and family interactions in Tanzania.
She founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which is an international wildlife and environmental conservation organization located in Virginia and smaller branches in other countries. The institute’s mission is to advance the power of individuals to make a positive impact on the environment and all living things. Other primatologists have criticized Goodall and her methodology and the validity of her observations.
Goodall used unconventional methods like naming her chimps instead of numbering them. Numbering was used at the time to separate emotional attachment and lose their objectivity. She was accused of an ethological sin, anthropomorphism, or attaching human characteristics to other animals.
What do you think? Should she have followed the convention just to be sure she remains objective and unattached?