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    Lightbulb What Separates Humans From Animals?

    It's commonly accepted that humans are different from/more valuable than other animals. But why is that? What is it about humanity that makes us any better or of any greater worth? Why do animals not have the same rights as people? I have my own ideas about this and my own reasons, but I want to know what you all think first. Are we better than animals, and if so, why?
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    We're better than animals in the same way that I'm better than you. Which is to say, I'm not really, but I have to answer for my own survival before yours.

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    The established philosophical answer has been humans have rational faculties wheras animals do not.

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    Because we can make tools bitch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    The established philosophical answer has been humans have rational faculties wheras animals do not.
    But what do you think?

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    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeeekyyy View Post
    What is it about humanity that makes us any better or of any greater worth?
    Humans regard humans as better or having greater value than other animals because they are alike. We recognize ourselves in other humans much easier than in other animals. It serves an evolutionary purpose. But we can change.

    Quote Originally Posted by freeeekyyy View Post
    Why do animals not have the same rights as people?
    Because we are slow.

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    Are we better than animals, and if so, why?
    No.

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    But what do you think?
    Peguy prefers to memorize what others have thought, in case you had not noticed.

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    Number of chromosomes, pretty high brain to body volume ratio (as well as generally more developed brain) and thumbs.
    Oh yeah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    What do you think?
    I think the difference lies in the degree of cognition and tool use. Animals can have some self-awareness, and some use tools. Reason and cognition seem to lie on a spectrum, even within our own species.

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