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Zman Kietilipooskie

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Debate: Are humans better than other forms of life?

Many people think that something called respect applies to all forms of life; on the other hands humans are essentially above other animals is the sense of intelligence and culture. Because of our mental superiority it is ethical for animals to be farmed and mistreated, animals treated by the standards human would receive as punishment for murder and other horrendous acts.

Are Humans really superior to other forms of life?


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  • Nov 30 2012: " Man is the only animal who can be highly active while sitting still "
    We are not only self aware , we are aware that we are aware.
    And we must never forget about the importance of language. Language strongly correlates with our human way of structuring the world of our existence - time.
    • Nov 30 2012: Amen then!! ( that even rhymes :-0)
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      Dec 5 2012: Dolphins, perhaps? I know they have self awareness, but I am unsure if they are aware of their self awareness. They have language, and are highly active also while sitting still.

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