Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by TheBoogieMan, Sep 8, 2006.
Yes, same level.
Know what? Just to add another viewpoint, no. Humans are not animals.
Humans, while they share some similarities with animals (require food, possess sentience, react to the environment, mark their territory, etc.) Humans are too different from animals to truely be among them.
Humans practice many things not found in nature, such as racism, sexism, politics, medicine, music, agriculture, psychology, philosophy, religion, intolerance of other religions, and so on. None of these are found among animals, (though a few do grow their own food, humans do not do it by instinct) not to mention that humans are the only creatures on this planet who RELY on tools. Some animals use tools, but only Humans RELY on them. Also, animals join in a sort of equilibrium with their environment, whilst Humans are forced to alter it, or else be killed by the environment.
Not really. Humans are perfectly capable of functioning without tools and in many environments.
I've never heard of any human surviving without tools, and I'm fairly certain that unless we manipulate our environments in places such as... oh... ALASKA we tend to spoil.
Humans don't survive without tools simply because it makes life much easier to use them, not because they are absolutely necessary.
And therein lies the point. Humans create tools. Whether by neccessity or not, we create them. We create them to use and to make life easier, as you say. But we still create them. Do you see animals doing this?
Huamns are not animals. Physically, we may appear similar to them (monkeys, lol). But no way are we animals. Just look at society. Huh, some animal kingdom.
Above all though, humans are in the image of God, not animals. But that's another debate, of course.
We're certainly not vegetable or mineral, so we must be animal
Yes, we're biologically animal. We're sapient, but I've always thought of sapience as another trait that we evolved (because natural selection saw that the clever ones survived and the less clever didn't).
So yeah, no innate difference from other animals. But I have no issue with anyone who thinks otherwise. It's impossible to prove either way in any case
Ah, but humans do rely on tools to survive. They are the only reason a species such as ours could have survived this long. Think- we have no natural defenses, for starters. No sharp claws, no powerful senses, no wings, no fur (to speak of, anyways), no plating, we possess neither great speed nor great strength, and we aren't even somewhat unsettling, let alone terrifying. We rely on tools to help us gather/produce/hunt food, to help keep us warm or cool, to shelter ourselves from the powerful elements, to keep our own from dying, to defend ourselves from more gifted hunters, to aid in communication (our only natural asset apart from our minds), and to even warp the world into our own picture. Some animals use tools, yes. Chimps and such, for example. But humans are the only creatures who could be wiped out by removal of our tools.
As for being made in God's image... If horses could speak and think in a sapient manner, they would think themselves to resemble God as well.
As opposed to vegetable or mineral, yes.
Pfft. Humans are Plasma. Everyone knows that, silly.
Yes, we are animals biologically. We are seperate because we have immortal souls.
Yes. From primates to birds, there are innumerable examples of animals using tools.
Yes, but you almost never see animals deceiving and murdering each other for money. And that is the true mark of what is human and what is not.
My neighbor's dog is the rare exception. That poor squirrel killed, just for those nuts. Just for those nuts . . .
Biologically they are animals as a species, like primates , th cat and tiger are one of felidae..etc
No, humans are not animals
Yes, but humans are somehow seperate from the animal kingdom
No, humans are not animals.
Most - but not all - of the people that I'm personally acquainted with behave mostly like animals, so I'd have to choose that, primarily, where on the same level. Strip away all the glamour, glitter, civilisation and you get a being as wild and uncontrolled as any animal.
We're animals, but with bigger and better tools than a chimpanzee's termite stick.