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22 September 2009 @ 09:05 am
 

What sets humans apart from other animals is _________________.

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Renata Piperlyonesse on September 22nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
the evolutionary process of speciation.
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on September 22nd, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)

Our capacity to expend time/energy on things not connected to our survival as individuals or as a species.

later
Tom

p.s. Other animals do this, but none to the degree that we have.
David Policardpolicar on September 22nd, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Fences.
veek on September 22nd, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
The combination of complex language structures, large brains, abstract reasoning and love? All of these are found in other animals to some degree or another; I'm not sure there are any other animals that have all this in combination. I could be wrong on the specifics, but the more general point — that we have a combination of important features that other animals don't have all in one species — stands.

Until someone educates me otherwise, anyway. :) It's a topic I've been thinking a lot about over the last six or so years.
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Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on September 22nd, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)

Oh god you're right! The stress from that will give us brain aneurysms! We'll all keel over and die!

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!?!?
Tom
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Chip: faceceo on September 22nd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
No, you can make it from pigs too.
Spike: Basic - Yo! Bitch!spike on September 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Lube.
Kcatkcatalyst on September 22nd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
The leash, if you catch them in time.
Kcatkcatalyst on September 22nd, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Although, if I'm being serious: a communication system that includes both displacement and full productivity. As far as we know. But we know a lot.
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Kcatkcatalyst on September 22nd, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
It's also what you use to pull them away when they try to bit your nose off.
Ees Meeimvfd on September 22nd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
LJ?
Medyanimedyani on September 22nd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Our arrogance.
born from jets!!!catness on September 22nd, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
entitlement

oh, wait. no. my cat has that, too.
mirandamissionista on September 22nd, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Language.
Doug Orleansdougo on September 22nd, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Animals don't form AETP.
Hawk Handsawhawkhandsaw on September 22nd, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
the Opponens digiti minimi that allows us to flex the pinky back toward the thumb and become effective tool users.
Haptotropehaptotrope on September 22nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Kanye West.
sernin on September 22nd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
guilt
Chancemiss_chance on September 23rd, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
An electric fence?
Tarafirstmistake on September 28th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
deep thoughts?