Human thought and emotion – is it different than any other animal ?
Are human thought, reasoning and abilities of the mind so vastly superior to animals we observe in the wild and as pets that they deserve a separate classification from that of the animal kingdom? Human beings maintain a wide set of emotional states, thoughts and abilities, which we see in animals. Yet, seldom do we see all of these in all animals or at all times? One think tanker in an online think tank challenged a commenter with regards to emotion of “Empathy” as to whether humans and animals were all that different. Indeed the think tanker brought up some excellent points of contention, which do indeed require further thought and review.
The assume tanker stated; “We may expand this more by considering the complexities of networked human characteristics con to isolated ones.
It is also important to keep in mind that as a species, humans are the quintessential element on this planet, and seem to have been since the beginning of recorded history.”
I thought –
(thoughts on life)
Indeed and humans without competition and with the use of those social characteristics developed it makes sense that humans would remain so, having now controlled many larger complex life forms on the surface of the planet. Also with the kill off rates of human’s next nearest competitor species (large complex life) it would seem that humans have had a good run and should continue this run, that is if they do not kill off themselves through believing that they are invincible to other threats or do not cause issues of war or destruction of their ecosystem needed to sustain the huge population bases.
And in your statement, we must also realize that there are top of the food chain ocean species, insects, viruses, bacteria, reptiles, birds and other smaller mammals, which are doing fine on their own and adapting to human control of the surface of the planet. As well as those species, which are being pushed to extinction due to the rapid expansion of the human domain.
Points to consider (thought)
Excellent points to consider and the think tanker takes this one step further and states: “I think we can use our own sense of judgment to determine that we are not rivaled in any way by other living things on this planet. Even though some animals may demonstrate phenomenal abilities in some areas, the most magisterial example of our greatness is demonstrated by our superior abilities to study, construct and surpass that which we have observed.”
I agree that observations trump religious dogma and that humans do possess many very good uses of such traits and have evolved that way for a reason. Yet, the animal instincts humans possess, we sweep under the carpets and deny seem all too often come out at inopportune times and if we fail to recognize these, as we tout our own human self-aggrandizement; we also fail to understand our place in the hierarchy of the animal kingdom. When you speak of humans in such a wonderful light, we fail to share the truth about over half of the human population, which cannot think themselves out of a paper bag. Indeed we have most all of the African Continent at an IQ level of 85. Only 20-25 points above chimpanzees we have trained.
We see birds, animals of prey and social mammals think, problem solve and adapt. They use their genetic abilities to their fullest, whereas many humans piss theirs away. If an animal or organism’s mission is to live, procreate and die; then one could say that the animals often fulfill that mission better and do so using complex thought, problem-solving and strategic thinking.
Thoughts on this subject
I would not mind seeing your experiment carried out, although agree in the observation that humans are a cut above, only in my estimation only a slight cut above and that there are some humans that are a big jump above the rest. The difference between actual humans, in my opinion, is greater than the leap from a Dog to the lowest human. And when looking at the masses, it seems to me that it is hard to debate that much of the human population simply is not using all it has available and/or is not trying. Worse off that particular group seems to be reproducing faster than the rest. This is not good for the ongoing future of human evolution. This is a rather interesting subject for a think tank and perhaps you have some thoughts on this subject of your own and if so, consider this in 2006.