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aajay
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xxLunnarisxx
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humans are fundamentally different than other humans

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Started: 12/11/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 1 month ago Status: Debating Period
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aajay

Pro

"When we see a cat purring or a dog wagging its tail in joy,we shouldn't expect that it"s feeling what we are feeling when we experience joy",Joseph Ledoux ,a neuroscientist at New York University,said on Feb.18 of previous year in a talk at the American Association for the advancement of science annual meeting."I"m not saying other animals don"t have feelings,just that they are different between different species of animals".With this quotes in mind I strongly affirm to the resolution:RESOLVED:HUMANS ARE FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ANIMALS.
Anytime you approach a topic it"s important to begin by defining the key terms.With this being said,I would like to give the definition of the following key words that will be use in today"s round frequently: HUMAN,FUNDAMENTALLY.
Human: Defining living organisms has long been an area of scientific inquiry. One way to do this is based on their morphology or their physical structure.Human morphology is simply understood as being a bipedal [walking upright on two legs] primate.However,the history of scientific attempts to define animals shows why our physical structure is not viewed as the core principle of being human.When Linnaeus named each animal genus Homo he simply wrote "nosce te ipsum" a latin phrase meaning "know thyself".And this classification is going to be attempt throughout this case and with that being said saying humans are unique .
With that being said,there are features of defining humans that we must consider in today"s mind.If they are unique or not? Or what made them fundamental?
Fundamentally: my definition for fundamentally is categorized into three categorizes: vague definition, specific definition, and context-specific definition.
Vague definition: fundamentally defined as "in a very important or basic way (macmillan dictionary) or "in a way that affects the essentials" (dictionary.com).
Specific definition: fundamentally is defined as "belonging to one"s innate or ingrained characteristics"(merriam-webster),"serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function"(merriam-webster), and used for emphasizing for basic nature of something"(macmillan).
Context-specific: In the late 1800"s,Charles Darwin posited one of his most famous claims in The Descent of man:"there is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties" and that all the difference of degree,not of kind".
xxLunnarisxx

Con

I don't disagree with that statement necessarily, but I wouldn't disagree with the statement either if there was the name of any other species in the beggining.
For example: "Snakes are fundamentally different than other animals"
"Bees are fundamentally different than other animals"
"Flies are fundamentally different than other animals"
All species have their own each principles which makes them a different specie. A bee is fundamentally different from a bee because it is a fly. I hope that made sense.
Now, I think there are 2 sides of the coin, and that yes, you can argue that all species are, fundamentally, the same.
The goal of every specie is to avoid it's extinction. We are no different than any other on that regard, we are just one step ahead in the sense that we are not so focused on breeding but more on extending the life spam of our species and even assure it will have another planet if anything happens to earth.
Our life style might have made things blurry and people tend to deny that they do many things out of a biological animal instinct, but we do practise a lot of the same principles that other species do.(WARNING: I AM NOT AT ALL AN EXPERT ON THE SUBJECT, JUST GAVE SOME THOUGHT TO THIS, IT MIGHT BE COMPLETLY RIDICULOUS, PLEASE, IF THERE ARE ANY BETER EXPLANATIONS FOR WHAT I DESCRIBE LET ME KNOW) When we feel insecure or nervous we tend, the typical human behavior is impulse shopping and hoard, just like creatures who sleep through the winter tend to hoard during the roughest time of the year to survive. Also, for as much as we try to deny, people tend to prefer healthy looking people (no glasses, good metabolism, etc) and,also something I noticed, with different genes (for example, blonde people tend to have a preference for people with dark hair and vice versa, and people with blue eyes tend to find brown eyes more attractive and vice versa), because that's what will generate the best genes and contribute towards the optimization of the species. The use of makeup and ornaments of the such could be compared to what males in many species so, such as peacocks, to attract other species. This last one may seem like a stretch, but don't forget that sexuality in the society we created is highly repressed, which can be the cause of many behaviours that currently distinguish us from other species.
To sum up, humans aren't that different from any other animal. Maybe superior in intellect, but in the end, all species are ruled by the same biological code and have the perpetuation of their own species as main goal. Just their intellect allows them to mask the true reason for most their actions. Sorry if this was all over the place.
Debate Round No. 1
aajay

Pro

When we see this topic the first thing we should think is that how are they(human) fundamentally different than human?.
Humans are fundamentally different in different ways but lets take a look at the language first.Mental symbols that characterize human language are not found elsewhere in nature.According to a evolutionary discovery at Harvard university The mental gap broadens when we compare human language with communication in other species.Like other animals,humans have a nonverbal communication system that conveys our emotions and motivations--the chortles and cries of the little babies are also part of the system.Humans are alone,however,in having a system of linguistic communication that is based on the manipulation of mental symbols,with each example of a symbol falling into a specific and abstract category such as noun,verb and adjective.Although some animals have sounds that appear to represent more than their emotions,conveying information about objects and events such as food,sex and predation,the range of such sounds pales in relation to our own,and none of them falls into the abstract categories that structure our linguistic expressions You might think,for example,that animal vocabularies appear small because researchers studying their communications do not really understand what they are talking about.Most vocal exchanges between animals consist of one grunt or coo or scream,with a single volley back.
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Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by aajay 1 month ago
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share your opinion @Raumulus
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Posted by Raumulus 1 month ago
Raumulus
Title of the debate should read "Humans are different from other animals," no?
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