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Are humans really different from animals?
WPTV-TV / CNN ^ | November 21, 2013 | Thomas Suddendorf, CNN

Posted on 11/22/2013 1:58:08 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

We humans tend to think of ourselves as better than, or at least separate from, all other species on this planet. But every species is unique, and in that sense humans are no different.

Nevertheless, it seems obvious that there is something extra special about us -- after all, we are the species running the zoos. In "The Gap," I survey what we currently do and do not know about what exactly sets humans apart.

What are the physical differences that distinguish us from our closest animal relatives?

There are some notable ways in which our bodies differ from those of apes and old-world monkeys. We can lock our knees straight, have longer legs than arms, and habitually walk upright, freeing our hands to do things other than carry our weight.

We have a chin. Our body surface is covered in sweat glands that provide a more effective cooling system than those of other primates. We have lost our canines and much of our protective fur -- leaving males with the apparently pointless, but persistent, growth of beards.

The iris of our eyes is relatively small and surrounded by white rather than dark sclera, making it easy for us to identify the direction of another's gaze. Human females show no outward markers of their fertile phase, and human males lack a penis bone.

These are not exactly groundbreaking traits, compared to, say, the emergence of wings in birds, which catapulted their bearers into a new sphere of possibility....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthropology; science
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1 posted on 11/22/2013 1:58:08 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Men have souls and are made in the image and likeness of God.

That used to be a universally held truth in the Western world. But once the leftists and modernists eradicated that belief, the powerful could literally get away with murder (holocaust, abortion, etc.)


2 posted on 11/22/2013 2:02:12 AM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In one sense, yes, Humans are very different from other animals, in that we have developed a highly-complex society that is also highly diverse (other animals do have complex societies, but they tend to be complex in one way only).

In another sense, we’re no different, since we’re simply one more way that DNA has found to successfully propagate and perpetuate itself.


3 posted on 11/22/2013 2:02:34 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But every species is unique, and in that sense humans are no different.

Because we're all different, we're the same. hmm.

4 posted on 11/22/2013 2:09:34 AM PST by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A little noted difference between humans and othe creatures is the vast range of individual differences. Shaquille O’Neal and Taylor Swift are the same species as are Halle Berry and Whoopie Goldberg. Our facial structure, coloring, adult size, height and weight are remarkably variable even within the same ethnic group.


5 posted on 11/22/2013 2:10:35 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

That occurs in our domesticated animals much more than their wild counterparts (Dogs versus wolves) so who domesticated us?


6 posted on 11/22/2013 2:13:07 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: Little Pig

Refer to post #2.


7 posted on 11/22/2013 2:29:53 AM PST by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe we did through our mate selection process. There’s a sexual preference for taller, better looking and fitter partners. Even so there’s a huge difference among attractive people as well. Canine differences are among breeds not individuals. All greyhound individuals look much more alike than human individuals.


8 posted on 11/22/2013 2:38:51 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The article lists the main differences:

language, foresight, mind-reading, intelligence, culture and morality

No other animal can talk. Gives us the ability to cooperate and make deals and plan and to learn from our history. It gives us the ability to perfect ourselves as a species. No other animal can do any of this at all. We have to admit this whether we believe in God or not. But for those of us who don’t, they can have fun asking the question why are we so different.

9 posted on 11/22/2013 2:39:13 AM PST by No One Special
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The headline writer deserves a cookie for writing “different from.”


10 posted on 11/22/2013 2:40:44 AM PST by Tax-chick (It's like everyone has Attention Deficit Disorder, except for me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We're two steps closer to being an ordinary animal...we kill our babies if they're inconvenient and we promote homosexuality as a way of life...and this is via our government. Disgusting.

The government has no conscience!

11 posted on 11/22/2013 2:43:58 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My Labrador Retriever can't drive my truck without ending up in the lake while chasing geese.
12 posted on 11/22/2013 2:52:29 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

I’m thinking of getting my JackChi (half Jack Russell/half Chihuahua) a little sports car so he can pick up the mail. LOL


13 posted on 11/22/2013 2:55:38 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: Sacajaweau

“We’re two steps closer to being an ordinary animal...we kill our babies if they’re inconvenient and we promote homosexuality as a way of life”

Animals kill other’s babies (even if they are from the same species), not their own; they also don’t engage in homosexuality, but go to great lengths to breed.


14 posted on 11/22/2013 3:01:19 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I am with Mark Twain on this one. We feel God only created man because of his great disappointment in the monkey.
15 posted on 11/22/2013 3:10:05 AM PST by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Your dog is more human than Ted Kennedy.


16 posted on 11/22/2013 3:11:13 AM PST by barmag25
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We have lost our canines and much of our protective fur -- leaving males with the apparently pointless, but persistent, growth of beards.

No, the canines are still there, although they are no longer larger than the other teeth. Interestingly, teeth have shrunk measurably in the last few thousand years, which seems to be a consequence of our shift to eating cooked food.

We can compare alternative routes to the future and deliberately select one plan over another -- giving us a sense of free will and an edge over creatures with less foresight.

This also burdens us, however, with the responsibility for getting it right. The future is uncertain and, of course, we often get it wrong.

I do not believe that liberals have a very well-developed ability to foresee the future. If they did... well, they wouldn't be liberal. As an example, one only need look at the Clinton era policy of forcing banks to give mortgages to people who cannot qualify to borrow money; the collapse of the mortgage market in 2008 was an entirely foreseeable consequence of that policy.

17 posted on 11/22/2013 3:11:37 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: muir_redwoods
A little noted difference between humans and othe creatures is the vast range of individual differences. Shaquille O’Neal and Taylor Swift are the same species as are Halle Berry and Whoopie Goldberg. Our facial structure, coloring, adult size, height and weight are remarkably variable even within the same ethnic group.

Yet, despite this variety of superficial differences, humans are not as genetically diverse as some other species--for instance, chimpanzees.

18 posted on 11/22/2013 3:17:57 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s tough being a primate.


19 posted on 11/22/2013 3:25:50 AM PST by lafarge (Withhold your votes!)
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To: exDemMom

The phenotype is remarkably variable. Cockatoos, basking sharks, otters and camels display far less variability in their general appearance than we do.


20 posted on 11/22/2013 3:30:10 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: jtal
Men have souls and are made in the image and likeness of God.

If you are correct we ARE different.

If not? We may still be different and of our own volition. If so we are the only creature, on this globe, who has risen to a place where we can understand our own existence and can and are learning how the universe works.

I could not nor would not remove a supreme being from the equation as denial of God's existance is as unprovable as those who insist it his existance is provable.

21 posted on 11/22/2013 3:30:24 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The headline is disrespectful to animals.


22 posted on 11/22/2013 3:40:18 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9EU264EA00


23 posted on 11/22/2013 3:41:02 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Gloria Steinem and Oprah.


24 posted on 11/22/2013 3:45:44 AM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Creating man was just one of God’s experiments. He created every single cell life-form and moved on to multi-cell creatures. They successfully reproduced, learned to survive, kept their numbers stable and contributed to the earth’s environment.

Then God created man and gave him an ‘intelligent’ gene - just for fun.

It worked for a while until man got too big for his britches.

Now God is wondering “what next?”


25 posted on 11/22/2013 3:58:42 AM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: jtal
Men have souls and are made in the image and likeness of God.

Man is extremely vain, from which all evil flows. Man comparing himself to God is the ultimate vanity.

26 posted on 11/22/2013 4:00:50 AM PST by Reeses
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Lord gave us dominion over all the animals, birds, fish...all of them. That’s enough for me to know that we are different.


27 posted on 11/22/2013 4:23:16 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: muir_redwoods

I find the subject fascinating. We have very different appearances, although I have noticed some features that seem to be regional—for instance, I recognize a general “Maryland” appearance in people whose families have been established here for hundreds of years. Our genetics, OTOH, are remarkably non-diverse. Although a species’ fitness is tied to its genetic diversity, we seem to be doing fine.


28 posted on 11/22/2013 4:39:17 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only man has reason (the ability to judge right and wrong) and free will. No other animal can place itself before a banquet and deliberately choose to starve itself to death for what it judges to be a just cause. End of argument.


29 posted on 11/22/2013 5:14:59 AM PST by Petrosius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can hear the atheists crying “speciesist!” to honor their master down below.

They don't even know who they serve.

30 posted on 11/22/2013 5:58:38 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some humans are different than animals. Some are not. I’d say the cutoff is around IQ 60. If your IQ is below 60, there is very little difference between you and apes.


31 posted on 11/22/2013 6:31:37 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Reeses

If one believes Western religious tradition then it wasn’t Man who made that declaration.


32 posted on 11/22/2013 6:55:32 AM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Like my tagline?


33 posted on 11/22/2013 6:58:31 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We humans tend to think of ourselves as better than, or at least separate from, all other species on this planet.

We can kill from great distances. That is our most important distinction.

34 posted on 11/22/2013 7:07:29 AM PST by GingisK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The writer must not have a dog. ;)

If you clip your dog's nails, you'll find the front (paws) grow twice as fast as the rear (paws). Just like humans. 'Guess we "grubbed around" like our progenitors. 'Course, there is much more evidence, but we are more similar than we think, and more similar as we compare—especially among Mammals.

35 posted on 11/22/2013 7:12:37 AM PST by Does so (Soon, we'll be looking like Detroit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well the bell curve proves there are many sub-humans who are closer to animals than the rest of us. Muslims would be a perfect example.

Using the left’s beloved Darwin theory, humans like ALL other living things must have both beneficial and detrimental mutations.

It is becoming quite clear that various clans/cultures celebrate the breeding with other inferior members of their clan/culture and have tilted the gene pool towards the negative mutation scale. Again Muslims are a perfect example of breeding intelligence out of a specie and breeding in violence.

In the USA with the liberals love of killing the unborn we should be seeing a decline in their numbers and we would if it were not for the public school system being a conveyor belt for liberal minds into society. The Communist Manifesto called for this Conveyor belt of brainwashed minds as it is much easier to instill such a false belief at a very early age.


36 posted on 11/22/2013 7:52:19 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: jtal
If one believes Western religious tradition then it wasn’t Man who made that declaration.

I'm thinking Satan. If God can work the pen of man, so can he.

If chapter one of the Holy Bible had "The universe is absolutely gigantic. You are tiny and must kneel in humble awe of God and his creation." it probably would not have been a best seller. They had to hook the reader in early.

For thousands of years man was convinced Earth was the center of the entire universe and the sun revolved around Earth like the moon. The stunning vanity of man knows no bounds.

37 posted on 11/22/2013 8:56:32 AM PST by Reeses
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Send pictures.


38 posted on 11/22/2013 9:48:15 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: barmag25

Smarter too.


39 posted on 11/22/2013 9:48:57 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My cat has a chin.

When we get another species to tend to all of our needs, the way that cats get us to tend to them, I’ll think we’re at least equal in some respects to some other species.


40 posted on 11/22/2013 9:50:07 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And then he’ll be driving a “JackHua”.


41 posted on 11/22/2013 9:50:59 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: MrB

“Like my tagline?”

Yes. Exactly what I was talking about!


42 posted on 11/22/2013 10:19:27 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Conspiracy Guy


43 posted on 11/22/2013 2:08:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: Born to Conserve

And if it’s above 130?


44 posted on 11/22/2013 2:10:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Man is the only animal that makes beer.

I rest my case.

45 posted on 11/22/2013 2:14:45 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really cute dogs. Which one is getting a car to get the mail? I would post LulaBelle my Chocolate Lab LulaBelle but I lost all my HTML files a few years back and can’t remember my photobucket pasword. Sooner or later I’ll rebuild it all.


46 posted on 11/22/2013 2:31:21 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Those are all of the same dog, Apollo Kagogi. The Santa was when he was younger, so his coloration has changed.


47 posted on 11/22/2013 2:37:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought it might be the same one, but the face colors definitely changed. LulaBelle has a lot of gray on her muzzle, but she’s a 12 year old puppy.


48 posted on 11/22/2013 2:56:13 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: jtal

#2 bump.


49 posted on 11/22/2013 3:01:06 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“And if it’s above 130?”

Then we wouldn’t be talking about it, right?


50 posted on 11/22/2013 10:43:08 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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