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post #1 of 36 Old 09-03-2013, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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Are humans animals?

I'm not sure if we've debated this topic yet, but we've debated all the others . So here's the question: are humans animals? Or moreover, what separates humans from any other animal?

ETA there was supposed to be a poll, but it didn't show up :(

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post #2 of 36 Old 09-03-2013, 05:58 AM
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Yes. The ONLY difference between us and other animals is the "intelligence" level. I quote intelligence because 90% of the time human beings are some of the dumbest beings on the earth.
I personally think it will be the downfall of the human race. It is not necessarily a good thing.

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I believe we are. We still have such natural instincts and urges. We are only separated by our ability to learn more complex things.
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Great answers! I do tend to agree. I think what may separate us much more from any other species to another is that instead of changing to suit our environment, we change it to suit us.

This also, will lead to be the downfall of the human race - we will no longer have to work to survive - you can see it happening already.

Also, the huge range of emotions and feelings which are not just raw emotions I think also separates us.
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I'm not sure, but I'm really hoping we aren't plants.
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Stupidity is what separates us from animals. Lol
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Originally Posted by Chokolate View Post
I'm not sure if we've debated this topic yet, but we've debated all the others . So here's the question: are humans animals? Or moreover, what separates humans from any other animal?

ETA there was supposed to be a poll, but it didn't show up :(

Wow. That this should be a topic for debate in today's world.

Guess it must really be a "post-modern" world after all. In the "modern" world when I was growing up, this was a settled question: of course we're animals.

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Humans are most definitely animals! :)
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We're mammals as well as a type of bipedal primate, but I'm not sure we can be without a doubt defined as animals.

Animals depend quite a lot on instinct and humans do not. We quite simply have very few instincts, and the ones we have are almost useless. We have the longest childhood of any species, and must be taught everything from language to self care.

Big brains notwithstanding, we'd make pretty pathetic animals. No natural defenses such as claws or sharp teeth, insignificant or nonexistent instincts, and no fur or hair coat to protect us from the elements.

We're one of the few species to engage in sex merely for pleasure, and our females are the only ones who can achieve orgasm. Sexual orgasms in female animals aren't important, as they're not necessary for perpetuation of the species. Our estrus cycles are also not as clearly defined as they are in the animal kingdom. Yes, we have them, but the signals are extremely subtle and can be masked or even eliminated.

So yeah, mammalian primates, but somewhere down the ages we crossed the line when it comes to being classified as true animals.
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I think that humans are animals. I don't think people look at it and see a close connection for two possible reasons; one is that to some it might offend, two is that we've bred that out of ourselves.

Primates do have instincts that can be clearly seen so why don't humans? Well in my opinion we do but it's covered up in our modern life. It's like when someone sees a brightly colored snake they're probably not going to go and pick it up and put it near their face. I consider that instinctual, they color pattern indicates it is possibly toxic to your body so your brain tries to avoid it. In the aspect of teaching there have been studies done to show that animals do in fact teach their young, for instance: Kanzi the bonobo chimp was housed with his family, he grew up around the test studies and taught the older chimps how to sign and type. When he left that group he taught the young in the next one. I've personally seen cats teach their litters how to open containers, and dogs teach their pups how to open doors without having any previous training to do so.

I honestly do believe that homo sapiens have adapted negatively to our environment. We've bred so much of our blatant instincts out that it would be hard for any great amount of our species to survive the crash of the modern world. But I never delude myself into thinking that we're not animals. In a way I think that doing so is a cop out to set ourselves aside from the natural environment and to give us a semblance of superiority.
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