why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

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NewTime
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29 Dec 2016, 6:16 pm

While humans are scientifically classified as animals, we frequently see ourselves as being something different from the animals. Why is this?



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29 Dec 2016, 6:41 pm

How do animals see themselves?



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29 Dec 2016, 6:45 pm

Have you ever seen any other animal than a human animal perform heart surgery or a lung transplant or building a rocket ship and fly up to an international space station that their species made?

We are quite a bit different.



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29 Dec 2016, 9:22 pm

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29 Dec 2016, 10:10 pm

Mainly, because humans are created in God's image, and animals are not.



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29 Dec 2016, 10:42 pm

Because for the most part, everyone knows that 'I am unique.'
I'm not an animal, I'm a human, therefore humans are not animals.

Some can see past that, it's true, since every human is unique.



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29 Dec 2016, 11:55 pm

friedmacguffins wrote:
How do animals see themselves?


^^

Partly this, any animal that has a sufficiently complex language will probably run into some variety of perceived exceptionalism in its experience of self.

Also, as far as we know, we have this most acutely because - at least as far as organic life on this planet is concerned - we are at the top with respect to subjective, linguistic, and intellectual complexity.


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