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What separates Human Beings from the animals?

 
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Oh yea, then there is the genetic diversity thing. Each human looks completely different. Face, height, hair color, all of that such.

I mean even beyond RACE we all individually look so different.

What is with that?

Or is that just perspective as well?
 Quoting: Eyeseeall



Even though we look different, we're actually (genetically) very similar. In fact, you can find more genetic diversity from a single troop of any hominid species than in all 6.8 billion humans.

A mutated jawbone and language + writing has brought us to this point by all scientific measures.
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"troop" as in a family? Or town?
 Quoting: Eyeseeall


The more you add to the mix, the more diversity. To make my statement more blunt, 20 random hominids. Or 20 from the same group even.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Consciousness?
Sentience?
advanced cognition?

Morality?
Advanced communication skills?
Physical dexterity?
Highly adaptable?

Or is it the ability to recognizes our obligation to all of life on earth as stewards of it? That separates us from animals. All animals exist for is daily survival, and for them there is no connection to history or the future. Man does recognize these things, and is cursed with it. Not only the realization of our own mortality, but the mortality of the universe itself.

We are the universe witnessing it's own existence, and all possibilities that could arise from it.

Deep shit.





bonghit
 Quoting: Eyeseeall


I feel it is "compassion"
 Quoting: Angel Helper

Ego.
 Quoting: Socapatoy


Ego as in "I".
Sapience and consciousness of self.
Yes, that's the biggie.

I almost wish we didn't have that.

Being aware of your own mortality does some VICIOUS things to a being.

Last Edited by Eyeseeall on 01/28/2011 01:44 AM
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
I don't think we would have ever reached tool construction or fire building without opposable thumbs. Perhaps language would have eluded us as well without writing tools?

But I'm no paleontologist.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Certainly everyone had heard of hero dogs. They wake you up when the house is on fire, they save babies, save other dogs and save the human on occasions.

Dogs are just more honest in their needs. Humans are deceptive. Kinda like young women whom marry ready to die rich old men.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Consciousness?
Sentience?
advanced cognition?

Morality?
Advanced communication skills?
Physical dexterity?
Highly adaptable?

Or is it the ability to recognizes our obligation to all of life on earth as stewards of it? That separates us from animals. All animals exist for is daily survival, and for them there is no connection to history or the future. Man does recognize these things, and is cursed with it. Not only the realization of our own mortality, but the mortality of the universe itself.

We are the universe witnessing it's own existence, and all possibilities that could arise from it.

Deep shit.





bonghit
 Quoting: Eyeseeall


I feel it is "compassion"
 Quoting: Angel Helper

Ego.
 Quoting: Socapatoy


Ego as in "I".
Sapience and consciousness of self.
Yes, that's the biggie.

I almost wish we didn't have that.

Being aware of your own mortality does some VICIOUS things to a being.
 Quoting: Eyeseeall

Goofy Thum
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No loving embrace to see me through
This tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now.
Gonna wait it out."
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Certainly everyone had heard of hero dogs. They wake you up when the house is on fire, they save babies, save other dogs and save the human on occasions.

Dogs are just more honest in their needs. Humans are deceptive. Kinda like young women whom marry ready to die rich old men.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1064657


Dogs are loyal. Loyal to a fault. (Although it may be) I don't think it is honesty as we know it. Its an overwhelming biological drive to protect its master. The owner of food.

Not that that is a bad thing.

What I mean is as humans, we have the capacity to switch that on and off at will. As well as the negative traits.
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
It's the ability to reason!
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Maybe its the uncanny ability to completely destroy ourselves and our planet. Or that some of us have the desire to do so.
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Around here we just use a fence.
 Quoting: scottfree


Well, everywhere except Oregon, there are also laws.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Certainly everyone had heard of hero dogs. They wake you up when the house is on fire, they save babies, save other dogs and save the human on occasions.

Dogs are just more honest in their needs. Humans are deceptive. Kinda like young women whom marry ready to die rich old men.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1064657


Dogs are loyal. Loyal to a fault. (Although it may be) I don't think it is honesty as we know it. Its an overwhelming biological drive to protect its master. The owner of food.

Not that that is a bad thing.

What I mean is as humans, we have the capacity to switch that on and off at will. As well as the negative traits.
 Quoting: Eyeseeall


Respectfully, humans do the same thing. Marry into money, sex there way into a job, etc., etc.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
It's the ability to reason!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 902591


I think that falls under the category of "Illusion of order".

Reason is a human made concept to keep society in a "productive" and "Orderly", not "anti-productive" manner.

Who made these laws anyway? The Greeks? The religotards?
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
op alcohol, Alcohol is what makes us different animals cant make it to get drunk on, that is the only reason humans are better.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Certainly everyone had heard of hero dogs. They wake you up when the house is on fire, they save babies, save other dogs and save the human on occasions.

Dogs are just more honest in their needs. Humans are deceptive. Kinda like young women whom marry ready to die rich old men.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1064657


Dogs are loyal. Loyal to a fault. (Although it may be) I don't think it is honesty as we know it. Its an overwhelming biological drive to protect its master. The owner of food.

Not that that is a bad thing.

What I mean is as humans, we have the capacity to switch that on and off at will. As well as the negative traits.
 Quoting: Eyeseeall


Respectfully, humans do the same thing. Marry into money, sex there way into a job, etc., etc.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1064657


I agree, but not everyone. I still believe there are truly selfless people out there.

Leads to my next question.

Selflessness - Evolutionary fluke or a "divine" gift/curse from a creator?

Last Edited by Eyeseeall on 01/28/2011 01:57 AM
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Dogs have proven to be selfless as well. Jumping into a cold river to save their master. My dogs are honest. They want their food, water, bones and whatever.

When others come around, they are suspicious. They like some and not others for a very good reason.

My dogs would definitely defend me.

Just as my other half would.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
religion and hope
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
religion and hope
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1246348


Hope!!!!! Thank you, another good one.

We hope and have faith in things for a better outlook for our lives and humanity etc etc..

(Sorry not trying to talk about religion too much)
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Consciousness?
Sentience?
advanced cognition?

Morality?
Advanced communication skills?
Physical dexterity?
Highly adaptable?

Or is it the ability to recognizes our obligation to all of life on earth as stewards of it? That separates us from animals. All animals exist for is daily survival, and for them there is no connection to history or the future. Man does recognize these things, and is cursed with it. Not only the realization of our own mortality, but the mortality of the universe itself.

We are the universe witnessing it's own existence, and all possibilities that could arise from it.

Deep shit.





bonghit
 Quoting: Eyeseeall

ur mom. 5a
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Be more specific.
As predatory animal or as prey animal.
We aren't able to be compared to prey animal as not group minds.
Humans are more unique.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
The only species that purposely destroys itself and other species it comes into contact with.

The only species that can prevent this from happening.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Consciousness?
Sentience?
advanced cognition?

Morality?
Advanced communication skills?
Physical dexterity?
Highly adaptable?

Or is it the ability to recognizes our obligation to all of life on earth as stewards of it? That separates us from animals. All animals exist for is daily survival, and for them there is no connection to history or the future. Man does recognize these things, and is cursed with it. Not only the realization of our own mortality, but the mortality of the universe itself.

We are the universe witnessing it's own existence, and all possibilities that could arise from it.

Deep shit.





bonghit
 Quoting: Eyeseeall


Only one thing: accessorizing.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Be more specific.
As predatory animal or as prey animal.
We aren't able to be compared to prey animal as not group minds.
Humans are more unique.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 709477


We are neither and both. We are omnivorous.

I mean on the anatomical level we are VERY primate (with slight, admittedly strange, variations). No doubt about it.

Last Edited by Eyeseeall on 01/28/2011 02:17 AM
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
This is actually a really good thread. Good job OP! this is something I've pondered thoroughly... and my response as you can see. Very interesting to see what other people are thinking when it comes to this issue.
"If there were no rewards to reap,
No loving embrace to see me through
This tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now.
Gonna wait it out."
[link to soundcloud.com]
"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses."
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
This is actually a really good thread. Good job OP! this is something I've pondered thoroughly... and my response as you can see. Very interesting to see what other people are thinking when it comes to this issue.
 Quoting: Socapatoy


Thank you hf

Still just the ramblings of a early 20-something on the down slope of 3 year long an existential crisis.

Last Edited by Eyeseeall on 01/28/2011 02:22 AM
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Humans can think about the future and past thus destroying their lives and the ones around them. I don't expect you to understand this though.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Humans can think about the future and past thus destroying their lives and the ones around them. I don't expect you to understand this though.
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Oh I'm very capable of understanding that.
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
our relatively small penises
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
our relatively small penises
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ACTUALLY!!! Did you know that humans have one of the largest penis to body size ratios of the entire animal kingdom? Something to do with walking upright.
"What can death take away from me –nothing!
What can life give to me – nothing!
All the dramas of this world is happening in front of me.
Let it happen whatever has to happen, Therefore why worry."

Its pronounced Icy All
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
our relatively small penises
 Quoting: Willy Johnson 763418

LMAO

The bane of men everywhere!!!
"If there were no rewards to reap,
No loving embrace to see me through
This tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now.
Gonna wait it out."
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"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses."
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
religion and hope
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1246348

yes, that or, nostalgia and paperwork
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
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I feel it is "compassion"
 Quoting: Angel Helper

Ego.
 Quoting: Socapatoy


Ego as in "I".
Sapience and consciousness of self.
Yes, that's the biggie.

I almost wish we didn't have that.

Being aware of your own mortality does some VICIOUS things to a being.
 Quoting: Eyeseeall

Goofy Thum
 Quoting: Socapatoy


we are one, divided into many, some call it ego and some call it soul. we have the ability to see, feel, and the ultimate powers to change and decide.

we are the same, just experiencing life in different ways and that effects our decisions. that gives us the present enviorment we are currently in - even as i type!

sit down and think about it, we are as icy all puts it, observing the universe unfold around us. so what are we exactly? this goes further than time..it makes some people think why in the hell do we exist?

whatever it is, its beyond scientific explanation. i mean, science can explain but only to a point. the only real fear in mans heart is that there may never be an answer.
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Re: What separates Human Beings from the animals?
Animals have integrity and are bearable?





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