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janesix
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11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM
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how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?
Ramshutu
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11/20/2015 8:13:05 PM
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At 11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM, janesix wrote:
how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?

We are apes, which separate us from all non-apes by the specific traits that apes have that no other group of species have (mammals with grasping digits, opposable thumbs, forward facing eye orbits, reduced olfaction, specialized teeth, flattened face, fused mandible, and a bunch of others that separate us from other simiiformes and mammals. We are separated from other apes because we stand upright, have slightly different from in our feet, are closer to hairless, and we have a much higher cranial capacity, which makes us more intelligent which, likely, leads to all the aspects of human civilization that differs from other ape communities.
Chaosism
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11/20/2015 9:00:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM, janesix wrote:
how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?

A lot of what we would say "separates us from the animals", can be seen in other aspects of life. Our higher intellect is what marks the real difference.

Painting: Elephants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Agriculture: Leafcutter Ants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Language (sign): Koko, the Gorilla (https://www.youtube.com...)

Rituals: Magpie (https://www.youtube.com...)

Tools/Problem Solving: Crows (https://www.youtube.com...)

War: Tetragonula Carbonaria Bees (http://www.bbc.com...)

Cooperation/Fairness: Capuchin Monkeys (https://www.youtube.com...)

Music: Whales and birds (http://news.nationalgeographic.com...)

Altruism: Prairie Dogs (https://www.youtube.com...)
janesix
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11/20/2015 9:10:04 PM
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At 11/20/2015 9:00:12 PM, Chaosism wrote:
At 11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM, janesix wrote:
how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?

A lot of what we would say "separates us from the animals", can be seen in other aspects of life. Our higher intellect is what marks the real difference.

Painting: Elephants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Agriculture: Leafcutter Ants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Language (sign): Koko, the Gorilla (https://www.youtube.com...)

Rituals: Magpie (https://www.youtube.com...)

Tools/Problem Solving: Crows (https://www.youtube.com...)

War: Tetragonula Carbonaria Bees (http://www.bbc.com...)

Cooperation/Fairness: Capuchin Monkeys (https://www.youtube.com...)

Music: Whales and birds (http://news.nationalgeographic.com...)

Altruism: Prairie Dogs (https://www.youtube.com...)

Interesting.

Maybe higher mathematics. I know at least crows can at least count to small numbers.
Chaosism
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11/20/2015 9:23:27 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/20/2015 9:10:04 PM, janesix wrote:
At 11/20/2015 9:00:12 PM, Chaosism wrote:
At 11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM, janesix wrote:
how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?

A lot of what we would say "separates us from the animals", can be seen in other aspects of life. Our higher intellect is what marks the real difference.

Painting: Elephants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Agriculture: Leafcutter Ants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Language (sign): Koko, the Gorilla (https://www.youtube.com...)

Rituals: Magpie (https://www.youtube.com...)

Tools/Problem Solving: Crows (https://www.youtube.com...)

War: Tetragonula Carbonaria Bees (http://www.bbc.com...)

Cooperation/Fairness: Capuchin Monkeys (https://www.youtube.com...)

Music: Whales and birds (http://news.nationalgeographic.com...)

Altruism: Prairie Dogs (https://www.youtube.com...)

Interesting.

Maybe higher mathematics. I know at least crows can at least count to small numbers.

Dolphins can do math. :)
(https://www.youtube.com...)

But, yeah, higher mathematics still belong to humans. At least, for now......
Chaosism
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11/20/2015 9:26:53 PM
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At 11/20/2015 9:23:27 PM, Chaosism wrote:
At 11/20/2015 9:10:04 PM, janesix wrote:
At 11/20/2015 9:00:12 PM, Chaosism wrote:
At 11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM, janesix wrote:
how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?

A lot of what we would say "separates us from the animals", can be seen in other aspects of life. Our higher intellect is what marks the real difference.

Painting: Elephants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Agriculture: Leafcutter Ants (https://www.youtube.com...)

Language (sign): Koko, the Gorilla (https://www.youtube.com...)

Rituals: Magpie (https://www.youtube.com...)

Tools/Problem Solving: Crows (https://www.youtube.com...)

War: Tetragonula Carbonaria Bees (http://www.bbc.com...)

Cooperation/Fairness: Capuchin Monkeys (https://www.youtube.com...)

Music: Whales and birds (http://news.nationalgeographic.com...)

Altruism: Prairie Dogs (https://www.youtube.com...)

Interesting.

Maybe higher mathematics. I know at least crows can at least count to small numbers.

Dolphins can do math. :)
(https://www.youtube.com...)

But, yeah, higher mathematics still belong to humans. At least, for now......

Or this one about non-linear math: https://www.youtube.com...
PureX
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11/20/2015 9:32:44 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM, janesix wrote:
how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?

In a word, IMAGINATION!

We humans have the astonishing ability to imagine objects and circumstances that do not exist, and the processes by which they may be brought about. I'm not saying the other animals lack this ability entirely, but what little of it they possess, is fractional compared to us.
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11/20/2015 10:03:39 PM
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At 11/20/2015 9:32:44 PM, PureX wrote:
At 11/20/2015 8:07:59 PM, janesix wrote:
how are humans unique,and different from other animals? Speech and language? Our capacity for religion? Music ability? What makes us unique from everything else in the animal kingdom?

In a word, IMAGINATION!

We humans have the astonishing ability to imagine objects and circumstances that do not exist, and the processes by which they may be brought about. I'm not saying the other animals lack this ability entirely, but what little of it they possess, is fractional compared to us.

Imagination and creativity certainly sets us apart. Humans have invented what no other animals have the ability to invent.