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Originally posted by nine-eyed-eel
Yeah, and just from everyday usage - people might say "That chicken is as dumb as a rock," whereas, if you said "That rock is as dumb as a chicken,"...it kinda feels like the rock just got a promotion.
Originally posted by UmbraSumus
reply to post by dragonsmusic
Simian snobbery !
The route to our current position at the top of the food chain was a seriously arduous one , with no guarantee of success in the very early days .
Its not that long ago that people literally lived with their live-stock , i believe even today in some parts of Papa New Guinea a prized piglet would be nursed by woman . Any distance we put between our live stock and ourselves is regarded as progress.(though there is now a movement back to nature . if you can afford it )
Our distant past was a time of food shortages , diseases , uncertainty and violence in no small share i`d imagine. We have assembled quite an array of diseases contracted from our close proximity to our domesticated animals. A product of our largely agrarian societies of the past with the little reminders such as influenza, chicken pox and many many others.
Pagan beliefs which accentuated the divine in Nature , eventually gave way to those elevating man or at least some architypical "ideal of man" . Nature became our dominion in the eyes of many religions , provided for our use and needs to take at will.
Why are we , as a human race , so bothered by our similarity to animals
Because we still have all the `old wiring` in place , all those animalistic (sp?) impulses bubbling up from the sub cortex , where our neocortex & higher brain functions can consciously act upon them, or not as the case might be.
I know i am an animal , and all that it entails........ and that is what makes me human .
I am also a little tipsy , so please forgive the disjointed jumble of thoughts assembled above.
[edit on 22-12-2009 by UmbraSumus]
Originally posted by Clearskies
reply to post by UmbraSumus
ALMOST ALL 'vestigial' organs have found true places in our anatomy because of better methods of science. ie, the tonsils, the appendix etc...........
Evolutionists had a 'cow' when we found out these are still much needed organs............!
is for there to be homologies in other species where the use or function is clear, but that same use or function is not the case for the species in question. The use may be odd or it may simply not be identified yet.