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Originally posted by johnb
We are animals - mammals.
Do you mean why do we distinguish ourselves from animals?
We say we are better because we are 'intelligent' - which other animal species depletes all natural resources to the point of extinction - none i can think of - so who's really more intelligent?
Also we cannot say whther animals can appreciate beauty etc - thee are instances of animals painting etc but how would you begin to measure appreciation. You would need to know what is attractive to each species and even then may be sub sections - ie some people stop to look at a sunset but others wouldn't, even in humans beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Originally said by Friday to Pep Streebeck in 'Dragnet'
There are two things that clearly differentiate the human species from animals. One, we use cutlery. Two, we're capable of controlling our sexual urges. Now, you might be an exception, but don't drag me down into your private Hell.
Originally posted by Lebowski achiever
Our creativity and artistry is what makes us distinctly human. It serves no natural function other than to express who we are rather than what we are. We also are unique in our burial rituals and our worship of and belief in a higher power.