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    • #1930
      shorty_47_2000
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      What makes humans distinct from animals? Is the decision making process the same?

    • #29724
      Winter
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      i think that the main difference is that humans have better developed brains…our brain is capable of much more complex thought processes. We have the ability to apply what we’ve learned and are even able to imagine and come up with new applications for previouslly learned concepts or ideas.

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      Cogito ergo sum (I think therefore I am). These words of Descartes sum up the importance of thought processes in humans and probably the most important reason we differ from animals. Although animals retrieve and store information, there is little evidence to suggest that they can use it in quite the same way as humans. Humans, on the other hand, are able to use information to reason and solve problems, even when the information is partial or unavailable.

    • #29725
      mith
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      sounds more like psychology, you’d get different answers depending on who you ask, a behaviorist would say yes because of the concept of comparative psychology.

    • #29737
      shorty_47_2000
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      Thank you! I am aware that this question is very controversial and people can have many different perspectives on it. However your explination seems very logical.

    • #29768
      MrMistery
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      Humans are animals. It’s only that we are superior animals, because we think better. Or so we like to think…;)

    • #29881
      James
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      Humans do have unique brain power. Our ability of language is a good way to show this. The fact that we are even discussing this shows our amazing thought processes.

    • #30252
      charles brough
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      Yes, of course, we can walk upright, have an opposing thumb, speech and a more effective brain. However, when children are brought up without the influence of society, eithout our culture and even language, they come out very primitive indeed. There have been many isolated examples of ferral children found in the wild—some actually brough up by other animals. The result is not something desirable. Their speech is stunted, they are socially inept and isolated, they have difficulty learning. Instances have been recorded where they did not even walk upright.

      The point is that what makes us so different is that we have built up an incredible cultural heritage over the many tens of thousands of years. Our more evolved anatomical advantages has made that possible, but without that cultural heritage, we are still very primitive animals.

      Even so, we are all animal. We are primates.

      charles
      http://humanpurpose.simplenet.com

    • #30271
      doe
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      WE ARE ANIMALS WHO KNOW HOW TO DOMINATE ANY GIVEN AREAS- LAND, WATER, SEA. WE HAVE BIGGER BRAINS MAKING US INTELLECTUALLY DOMINATING WHEN COMPARED TO ANY OTHER ORGANISM. WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO TO GET WHAT WE WANT- AND WE ARE NEARLY 100% SUCCESSFUL EVERY SINGLE TIME. THAT’S WHY WE’RE DISTINCT FROM OTHER ANIMALS = TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN.

    • #30276
      mith
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      And yet we still fall when virii infect us and bacteria adapts to our drugs.
      But that’s not the point of this thread which is how the brains and cognitive processes differ.

    • #32173
      123Herpatology
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      quote charles brough:

      Yes, of course, we can walk upright, have an opposing thumb, speech and a more effective brain. However, when children are brought up without the influence of society, eithout our culture and even language, they come out very primitive indeed. There have been many isolated examples of ferral children found in the wild—some actually brough up by other animals. The result is not something desirable. Their speech is stunted, they are socially inept and isolated, they have difficulty learning. Instances have been recorded where they did not even walk upright.

      This is true, but this problem exists in a lot of organisms, not just humans. For example, if a pup wolf was born, and was outcasted by the members of it’s family, the out come of the pup would be disastrous, so devistating that in most cases the pup would not survive for more then a few weeks. Yes, our develeped culture and society has a profound effect on our survival, but our superiority to other animals is the ability to think logically, and applying it to all aspects of life. Society is a creation, merely a logical answer trying to survive(survival in numbers). Instead of physically evolving to meet the demands of our environment, we have our intelligence evolve to make the environment fit our needs. I have forgotten which behavioralist said this, but his words were that humans have ties to ancestors in which were hunters and gatherers, and that humans, however evolved, haven’t diverged from this instinct.

    • #32202
      chicoguardian
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      1. better developed brains
      2. animals and humans have different immunities
      3. animals rely on instinct, humans rely on inteligence
      4. animals are only built for their enviormnents while humans are adaptable to almost any environment

    • #32649
      chrataxe
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      There isn’t a lot of difference between animals and humans. To say we have better developed, bigger brains is a bit of an understatement. Many animals have large brains and are very intelligent. Immunities aren’t so different. Why would they be? We all breath and have blood…have some what similar immune systems. To say humans rely on intelligence and animals rely on instinct is a huge understatement. If something comes flying at your face and you dodge, is that instinct or intelligence….arguably both though it is an autonomic response….thus not learned, thus not intelligence. To say we are built for any enviroment is also misleading. Put a human in a jungle with apes and lets see how they do. We too are built for our enviroment….tv, houses, work…

      If animals and humans are so vastly different, why do we test new medicines on lab rats? Why do phychologist use animals for experiments in cognition?

      Yes, we are different…just another bread, another species. We think we are superior because we have technology. Does it seem smart to be killing each other in record numbers? Or to invent ways of mass killings? Are the “dumb” animals going to destroy the earth in a nuclear war…?

      We are just different….

    • #32934
      x0HerpMaster0x
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      Humans worked together with all other organisms in the biosphere for a long period of time. We had a basic niche in which we fulfilled just as any other animal. It wasn’t until the Agricultural revolution when we put down our spears and started to dream. Before the agricultural revolution we were nomads, constantly chasing the animals in which we preyed on. When human brains developed enough to create methods that made life easier, we had enough time to achieve hapiness over survival. As evolution continued, and our species developed more, we lost connection to nature and turned into a negative biotic factor. This is because up until recently, all of our major accomplishments have only benefited our species and left a scar in the biosphere. If you ask me, every species is a team, we’re just in the lead.

    • #33012
      tropicbirder
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      quote chicoguardian:

      3. animals rely on instinct, humans rely on inteligence

      We have instincts too, it’s just that in today’s world we are taught to quash them.

    • #33132
      DJ
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      quote MrMistery:

      Humans are animals.

      Agreed.

    • #113028
      biorhythms
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      If you take the example of children raised by animals and draw the logical conclusion that we are different due to our culture, we must ask about culture. To me, this indicates language as central to what makes us different from other apes. The key is that ‘humanity’ requires cohabitation. We are nothing without communication.

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