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Sensorfire
Pro (for)
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Autumn-sky
Con (against)

Humans are the most intelligent animals on Earth.

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Started: 3/23/2017 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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Sensorfire

Pro

This debate will be about whether humans are more intelligent than other animal species on Earth. I will be arguing for this, my opponent will argue against it (i.e. humans are not the most intelligent).

Structure:
Round 1 is acceptance.
Round 2 is opening arguments.
Round 3 is rebuttals. No new arguments.
Round 4 is further rebuttals with new and/or revised arguments.
Round 5 is final arguments and closing statements.

Rules:
1. Con MUST argue that humans are NOT the most intelligent.
2. No religious or supernatural arguments, i.e. no references to things not proven to exist, including cryptids and aliens.
3. Be civil.
4. Provide sources (wikipedia allowed but discouraged)
5. Bonus points to anyone who presents all of their arguments in limerick.

Thanks in advance to my opponent.
Autumn-sky

Con

I will be stating my argument that humans are not the most intelligent creatures on earth. Yes, Humans may be the most intelligent known creatures on earth. Again I state that we are known. We can not for sure say we are the absolute smartest creature on earth. There is a demand for proof that we are the smartest beings on this planet. If we had, without a doubt; not only explored but also found every being on earth we could say we are the smartest if that be the case. There is the lurking of the deep that is yet to be explored. There are new creatures being found all the time. Maybe already known creature are for more intelligent in ways we can't understand. Maybe creatures have intelligence we just don't know how to unlock. that being said I do not believe humans are the most intelligent animals on earth.
Debate Round No. 1
Sensorfire

Pro

Note before I begin: I specifically stated that round one was acceptance, and round two is opening arguments. Therefore I'd like to ask all voters to please disregard my opponent's first round argument. I would also like to insist that my opponent take the rules seriously and provide sources when it is their turn to debate. Thank you.

Thank you to my opponent for accepting this debate. I look forward to a fruitful discussion. I will be arguing, in this case, that humans are the most intelligent animals on Earth. Admittedly, this is, to most people, considered obvious. However, in recent times, I have noticed that there care considerations that other animals are perhaps as intelligent or more intelligent, based on some standards, Dolphins, for example are often cited as an intelligent animal. I will be arguing that humans are absolutely the most intelligent species.

Webster's dictionary gives this definition for
intelligence and is the one I will be using:
The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : reason; also : the skilled use of reason : the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (as tests)

The first thing I will deal with is "The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations." Humanity exemplifies this trait like no other species- over the millenia humans have used tools to develop agriculture, fight off predators, and catch prey(1). This is a prime example of problem-solving. Such tool use is far more prominent in humans than any other species.

The second part of the definition says, "the skilled use of reason". Reason is defined as such:
The power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderly rational ways.
Once again, humans excel in this area. Humans, more than any known animal, have uniquely developed advanced mathematics (2), extensive scientific study (3), and philosophy (4). This shows a unique power of comprehension, inference, and rationality, found only in more limited extents in other animals. As a matter of fact, this debate could be considered proof of human reasoning skills, no matter who wins!

The final part of the definition of intelligence that I will be dealing with is "the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment". Once again, perhaps more in this case than previous points mentioned, humans modify their environment extensively. This should be obvious to almost everyone, excepting, perhaps, extremely isolated peoples and infants. Humans have been known to create architecture, for shelter and various other reasons (5). Humans also modify their natural environment, planting and removing wooded areas, creating dams to stop rivers, and more (6). Finally, humans even domesticate plants and animals for food (agriculture, hunting dogs), work (horses, oxen), and play (emotional companion dogs) (7). This is something other animals do not do to nearly the extent that humans do.

In conclusion, humans have evolved very adept brains with good reasoning skills and the ability to understand one another, have abstract thought, and modify their environments, making them, among other creatures on Earth, the most intelligent. Thank you readers, and thank you opponent. I look forward to your opening arguments.

Sources:
1- http://www.livescience.com...
2- http://www.math.tamu.edu...
3- https://www.britannica.com...
4- https://historyofphilosophy.net...
5- http://www.historyworld.net...
6- http://www.uni-kiel.de...
7- http://www.nationalgeographic.org...
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Posted by Sensorfire 1 year ago
Sensorfire
I've seen people argue that we're not.
Posted by What50 1 year ago
What50
Um..okay. It's basically proven based on Human feats and achievements that humans are the most intelligent animal on earth.
Posted by SkySky16 1 year ago
SkySky16
uhhh, no focken shite?
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