2
   

Differences between Humans and other Animals.

 
 
GSS
 
Reply Tue 2 Oct, 2012 12:16 pm
Hi guys, here a few things I have recently been thinking about, and I'd like to get a discussion going and see what you guys make of these points.
I look forward to any thoughts, even if only a single of the points listed below is addressed.

I apologize in advance for dumping all of this at once. Smile

• What separates Humans from other animals?
• How does one measure intelligence across different animals?
• Is there any animal other than Humans that is self-aware? What is self-awareness?
• If certain animals are indeed self-aware, is it morally acceptable to kill and eat these animals? Or keep them in zoos?

  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Discussion • Score: 2 • Views: 1,900 • Replies: 6
No top replies

 
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Tue 2 Oct, 2012 12:24 pm
@GSS,
Just a small point but none of these are actually points but questions. Points are statement of beliefs and/or facts.
Quote:
Definition of POINT
1
a (1) : an individual detail : item (2) : a distinguishing detail <tact is one of her strong points>
b : the most important essential in a discussion or matter <missed the whole point of the joke>

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point
GSS
 
  1  
Reply Tue 2 Oct, 2012 01:11 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan, I appreciate your concern with my incorrect usage of the word, "Point". I will strive to avoid this error in the future.
I must confess, I was hoping to get a response with regards to the content of my questions rather than my choice of wording. However, I applaud you for taking the time to correct me.
0 Replies
 
rosborne979
 
  1  
Reply Tue 2 Oct, 2012 01:29 pm
@GSS,
GSS wrote:

• What separates Humans from other animals?
We are the only animal on the planet with the ability to land on the moon (and Mars). We also build some pretty impressive cities and make some fun movies.
0 Replies
 
rosborne979
 
  1  
Reply Tue 2 Oct, 2012 01:30 pm
@GSS,
GSS wrote:

• Is there any animal other than Humans that is self-aware? What is self-awareness?
I don't think there are any other animals which are self-aware in the same way we are, but I think some others are self-aware in different ways.
0 Replies
 
roger
 
  1  
Reply Tue 2 Oct, 2012 02:05 pm
@GSS,
Monkeys have hands and tails, but no chin.
Apes have hands, but not tails or chins.
Humans have hands and a chin, but not tail.

Man is different from other animals because they have chins.
0 Replies
 
raprap
 
  1  
Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2012 05:51 am
@GSS,
Self awareness is the ability to recognize oneself as an individual. Some humans are self aware, so are some dogs.

Self awareness is recognized in most great apes, elephants, cetacians, ravens, gray parrots, and octopus.

Another sense of intelligence is the ability to solve multiple step problems; again some humans are capable of this ability, as are some dogs.

The same species listed above also have this capacity.

As for the basis for humans being unique--it took us a million years to develop a written language--once that happened some humans became capable of working multiple step, multi generation problems, with solutions that can lead to our own extinction.

Human uniqueness then will be as the first species that committed suicide.


Rap
0 Replies
 
 

Related Topics

Odd Moments in the Animal Kingdom - Discussion by Robert Gentel
Beautiful Animals - Discussion by Roberta
"Name that Animal" picture game. - Discussion by rosborne979
Devious Squirrels - Discussion by sozobe
Can Animals Get Into Heaven? - Question by mark noble
Stop! Thief! - Question by Roberta
Goose Loves Man - Discussion by edgarblythe
Mystery footprint - Question by Builder
Images of Prehistoric Creatures - Discussion by rosborne979
 
  1. Forums
  2. » Differences between Humans and other Animals.
Copyright © 2020 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.03 seconds on 02/24/2020 at 08:50:15