Are humans fundamentally different from animals

October 31, 2017, 6:42 pm

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The debate "Are humans fundamentally different from animals" was started by Muluken on October 31, 2017, 6:42 pm. 28 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 9 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

Nemiroff posted 4 arguments to the disagreers part.

TARUN26, Yanksxx21, YoungVoicesof_Tomorrow, SirIntegra, jazzer_idos and 23 visitors agree.
Nemiroff, historybuff and 7 visitors disagree.

a disclaimer.
none of this refutes god. a being beyond time would have no issue waiting a few billion years for his creation to take shape, and may not even notice the time.

just because we are made the same as all animals doesn't mean we aren't the result he was waiting for, or perhaps just the first stepping stone capable of comprehending guidance.

to be honest, the universe, creation, and evolution of science is far more grandiose and god worthy then what was envisioned by our primitive ancestors. take a moment and compare the two as a work of an almighty.

2 years, 8 months ago
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I don't think most humans on earth born into an educational vacumn, would develop a written language. probably some form of oral communication, but nothing that can pass down knowledge through the generations. for millennia the illiterate did not learn to write without education even while living in a world where it was already invented.

so much of our knowledge isn't something we gain ourselves, but is the accumulations of many lifetimes. without passed down knowledge, how different would we be from the animals?

I attribute our superiority to 3 things.
opposable thumbs.
fire, especially cooking.
And the invention of writing.

All of these are highly logical, fascinating, and natural explanations of our rise to dominance.

The cooking may have been the real key discovery. It released a ton of energy from the food, and saved us hours of chewing. that's what probably jump started our brain development, since our basic nutritional needs were easily met. bones didn't keep up, especially in the mother, and thus we are the only species whose birth is a medical emergencies.

without cooking we would never develop writing, and writing is the only thing that sets us apart from animals. I wonder if that counts as a vote change?

2 years, 8 months ago

I have feelings for my pets. We animal lovers tend to see pets like people. However, I think we are different from pets and I think human life is infanentley more valuable than an animal's life. But the topic is about animals in general. There are many characteristics that animals and humans share. That includes emotions, culture, tool use, language, and eevn a sense of humor. We can find these traits in all animals to some degree. But there is a big difference between humans and animals. And that difference is what makes us human. That difference is the capabilities of humans and what they can do. That difference comes from intelligence. Like i would not talk to my dog about Einstein's theory of relativity. They simply cant understand that. It is amazing what our puny little noggins can do.

2 years, 8 months ago
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goats are the closest there, being a mammal it would have the advances parts of the brain. however prey animals are on the lower end of the mammal intelligence spectrum typically so better examples do exist.

how do you feel about your pet? (hopefully a dog or cat). do you not see a soul in their eyes? a form of consciousness and understanding? desires beyond eat, sleep, survive? love? hate? envy? sorrow? grief?

2 years, 8 months ago

How did you come to that conclusion? Would you consider yourself nothing more than a chicken a goat or a tree for that instance? Tell me more about what you believe if you will.

2 years, 8 months ago

not in the slightest.

2 years, 8 months ago
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