We are more close to animals that many of us actually consider, not in the aspect of the biological evolution or man's closeness to animals, but more in the aspect of the mind.
We can believe that our calculative capabilities or our ability to learn and explore the stars and heavens may what distinguishes us from the rest of other life forms, but it is in fact, our ability to give meaning to those that are around us other than to what they really are in reality. We possess the ability to give rise new perception to natural acts.
Science looks at us as measurable factors, simplified and broken down into basic forms and meaningless, e.g. Humans- Organs- Cells- Organic compounds- Elements- Atoms- Protons, Neurons Electrons etc. but it does this, not out of uncaring malice, but out of necessity. It needs to see us as things it can plug in to the equation, gears to make the machine work, parts to make the system function. Its utter disregard of meaning means that we can explore the depths of the physical world without the constraints of emotion or morality, it turns us into efficient computers and capable of reaching untold achievements. It makes us rational and practical. This is our FACT
This view however, does not separates us from the other sentient beings around us, for animals also have the ability to learn and adapt, and therefore, practical and unconcerned with meaning. Chimpanzees and Mice are able learn and think in the same way we do and they have also been observed to utilize and master tools the way we do. Dolphins, whales and many other vocal animals communicate in what seems like their own developed languages. Dogs, cats and rats exhibit curiosity that leads them to discoveries and thus, make them more intelligent and knowledgeable with the reality we live in. We are no different with the animals in the context of science, and science looks at us as meaningless beings. Alongside man, animals are the most practical beings existed, acting not upon individual perception, out of necessity and instinct. We do thing in order to survive, to reproduce and to adapt. What we observed as human behaviour among animals is merely an adaptation to the increasingly humanized environment; pets showing emotional attachment to humans merely show an adaptation of sympathetic relationship between beast and man.
What makes us truly human is our ability to create new meanings to things other than to what it really is. Our relationship to our family is not merely a "safety in numbers" survival adaptation from nature, but a web of emotional attachment within its members. The mere act of having a meal with family or friends is not simply a resource of sustenance, but our opportunity to strengthen the bond of our TRUTHS(I said "TRUTHS" instead of "truth" because there is no singular "truth" but rather a certain set of believes that one holds, recognized and accepts) this is what truly makes us human the meaning and value we give to ourselves and the world around us, how we perceive and receive FACTS and accept them as OUR INDIVIDUAL TRUTHS
What science cannot take away from us is our Truths, our meanings that we bury deep in our minds and hearts, and nurture it to become who we are individually.
I wish to disclose to you more of my thoughts, but, time does not permit me. Apparently, these are one of the Facts, we must all accept as a Truth, but how fast or slow it runs differs from person to person.