reply to post by Honor93
I'm sorry for the off-topic, but I couldn't resist:
animals do practice philosophy or they wouldn't be medical therapists.
Do you mean therapists like, using dolphins to help sick kids heal better? Because if you do, the therapists are the humans who train those animals,
not the animals themselves...
animals produce art regularly, yet it isn't a commercial product.
Art, in order for it to be considered art, must have a meaning or a message, and it's usually associated with the culture it originates from. Animals
can replicate human art, but they are unable to make it with a purpose other than training (by humans) or some other odd reason (like, for instance,
cats touching piano keys because the frequencies of the strings are pleasant to them). Mostly because they are not part of our culture
and lastly, our congnitive abilities are never a given ... plenty of humans have less than "average" congnitive ability.
(average) Humans surpass the most-intelligent animals at the age of 5, and with 5 years of age, you are still a long way from your full development as
And the "less than average cognitive ability" you speak of, is still way higher than the cognitive ability of any other animal.
where it is true that we are usually born with such an ability, it puzzles me why we live a lifetime purposefully destroying it.
If we could only destroy, we wouldn't be able to achieve any of the things we have. Like, for instance, the computer you are using post in this
And I don't quite get what you are addressing as "destroying". Don't confuse knowledge with intellect. Being smart doesn't necessarily mean that
you are a person with a lot of knowledge, and/or vice-versa.
what other animal does that, ever ?
None. Because they can't destroy what they don't have...
if not opposable thumbs, we'd be discussing the length of our arms & legs or the size of our feet or or or ... that, unfortunately, is the
Opposable thumbs are considered the main trigger for intelligence in humans because it's the only factual and touchable
thing that separates
us from other mammals.
It does also explain why humans developed an intellect. Making tools made us more efficient, and more efficiency (like, for instance, doing a task
spending half the time) gave us time and freedom to pursue other things. Like, developing more tools, fire and language. We couldn't achieve that if
we didn't have the opposable thumbs.
That cognitive exercise made our brains better from generation to generation, because after that episode
in our development, having
intelligence was more important than having strength, body-hair or big reproductive organs.
You didn't need to have the strength of a bear because you could build tools to do the job, and you didn't need to have body-hair like a bear
because you could make coats, with cuts made with the knifes they invented... On the same note, you didn't need to run for miles or really fast,
because you developed trap systems to catch food without effort.
competition/comparison without ever accepting that we are different for a REASON
We are different because we evolved that way...