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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    If you keep asking questions like this I'll throw my poo at you.
    Treat a waitress bad and they spit in your food. One vote for smart monkey.

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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    The more you study the higher forms of life on planet Earth, the more you realize that the gulf between humans and other animals is really not all that great.
    I do not understand how you can say this.

    The human intellect is so much greater than that of any other animal that the difference might justly be called infinite. We can, for example, discover and comprehend the complete functional anatomy down past the molecular level of any species, but no other species can discover and comprehend ours. In another vein there is no limit to the number of tools that human can design and build (all machines are tools), but no other species has any but the most crude and rudimentary tool-making ability. In fact, the list of examples where our intellectual superiority is infinite might itself be infinite.

    We are undoubtedly Earth's paramount creature, made so by our fabulous intellect.

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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I have been seeing alot of stuff lately on elephants, dolphins etc that show compassion for other beings and seem to understand death at some level and mourn the passing of others. I always thought things like this is what separated man from animals but now I am beginning to wonder.
    We are just hairless monkeys, that happen to have a genetic defect/advantage and an obscene obsession with toys and tools. Intelligence as you know varies greatly amongst us hairless simians, is just the average mean for us is much greater than the average mean for the rest of the animal kingdom.
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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Humanity is not merely qualitatively superior to all animals, (as in Humans 100 Chimp 50), but a whole different paradigm, a sort of Prigogine-like leap of organization and complexity far beyond the great apes, dolphins and whales.

    It is more than just a question of degree; it is a huge leap of orders of magnitude in complexity and sophistication. There is a vast gulf between the highest of animals and the average human.


    Consider the complexity of thought and communication: humans are capable of thinking upon and communicating a virtual infinity of concepts, shaded with thousands of subtle nuances.... no animal can be shown to come even close in thought or communication.

    Comparing animals and humans is like comparing a Stone Age flint knife to a 21st century automated machine-tool factory. In a sense they are both TOOLS, yes... but the complexity of one is so far beyond the other than the automated factory would seem like magic to the maker of the stone knife.

    Consider art, literature, history, society, government... we organize and operate in realms of complexity and vast numbers of people coordinated into structures beyond the comprehension of apes and whales, who do not communicate beyond basic concepts nor organize larger than small bands.

    There simply is no comparison. Humanity may resemble Animal in certain rough ways, but in fact Humanity is something as far beyond animals as computers are beyond stone knives.
    The primary difference between us and every other animal is our dependence on our intellect for survival and our obsession with tools. Those combined form a very potent survival combination of survival traits. If you examine almost everything we do or use it is essentially a tool of some sort. Laws are mental tools for maintaining order, language a tool for cooperation and transfer of information, nature itself is a tool. We as a species take tool use as compared to the rest of the animal kingdom to whole other levels, magnitudes above our closest competitors. A flexible agile mind combined with a tool obsession makes for a very potent combo.
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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Don't know, don't really care.

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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Don't know, don't really care.
    Ooh, ooh OOH OOOH AHHA AH AH AHH!

    Me no care, me no likey compared to animal by scientist. Me jelly of scientist brudder.

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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by Verax View Post
    Ooh, ooh OOH OOOH AHHA AH AH AHH!

    Me no care, me no likey compared to animal by scientist. Me jelly of scientist brudder.
    Okaaaay then...enjoy your banana.


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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Don't know, don't really care.
    Then don't post.

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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    We are just hairless monkeys, that happen to have a genetic defect/advantage and an obscene obsession with toys and tools. Intelligence as you know varies greatly amongst us hairless simians, is just the average mean for us is much greater than the average mean for the rest of the animal kingdom.
    For the second time:

    (reply #12, this thread):

    Quote Originally Posted by USViking
    I do not understand how you can say this.

    The human intellect is so much greater than that of any other animal that the difference might justly be called infinite. We can, for example, discover and comprehend the complete functional anatomy down past the molecular level of any species, but no other species can discover and comprehend ours. In another vein there is no limit to the number of tools that human can design and build (all machines are tools), but no other species has any but the most crude and rudimentary tool-making ability. In fact, the list of examples where our intellectual superiority is infinite might itself be infinite.

    We are undoubtedly Earth's paramount creature, made so by our fabulous intellect.

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    Re: Is man just a really smart monkey

    Quote Originally Posted by USViking View Post
    Then don't post.
    I will if I feel like it...and I obviously felt like it...duh.

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