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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.
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asnoddy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what if we are not human?
thats what i hate haveing to where a divice that makes me look human so i can try to have a normal life well it sucks
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monkeymonkeylol Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Wow, that was excellent; you could be a philosopher.

The only thing I could add is the effect of free will as well; the ability of humans to push past or rise above simply what the environment or conditioning can teach us.
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Universe12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes this is very true. We are beings that evolved (others would say created by aliens that either likely took primitive humans that were not quite homo sapien sapien or modern human and evolved them hundreds of thousands or millions of years through genetic engineer and modification or even unlikelier started life on this planet) from animals through natural selection and evolved into creatures that have an amazing brain capacity to not just see and understand things but develop complexities on a unrivaled level on Earth.

We got a gene that allowed us to vocally speak to each other and we also used hand and noise means to communicate earlier in our history (way back at that point in time when vocal communicate came to a point where sounds did not just cause your instincts to react like a high pitch scream meaning danger but meaning in an idealistic way like "ugh" could be "rock" and so on) and that evolved into a language and soon we started developing more complex communities and advancing our technology over the millennia. This has gotten to a point to where language took on a written form that has a lines that evolved into complex alphabets that contain symbols like the letters "A", "g", "G" and so on. These symbols meant certain objects, animals, plants, etc. and sounds we create and they developed into super complex ones like Chinese and I believe the most complex is Japanese with I think thousands of symbols and reading left to right, right to left, up to down, and down to up. Now we created rules for proper written and verbal communication that helps communication for people all over the planet and thousands upon thousands of languages in some form from simple tribal ones to complex ones like Japanese and English.

We developed all kinds of precautions for safety in jobs and forms of work and types of work are literally in the tens of thousands from simple labor like attending a garden to complex ones like engineering and neurologist. We developed complex systems, more idealistic than anything else kinds of systems like politics and governments, that rule every part of life. Like what country you belong to is a more idealistic than physical thing. Our species has truly evolved but it is still FAR FAR FAR from being at the most advance it can get. Getting the most advance technologically the physical Universe can all is probably literally billions of years in the making. Not to mention, the first HUMANS were created through evolution about 4 - 8 million years ago so we are very young in the Universe. Homo sapiens or the current only known species of homo and by far the most successful and evolved in the world's history are at least like 279,000 years old (the oldest KNOWN skeletons of modern homo was found in Ethiopia and were about 279,000 years old when they carbon dated them but there could be older ones undiscovered or a least ones we never studied and tested yet) so our species is VERY young and (well compared to just about anything else that is not alive we are young but compared to the length of life in creatures it is long) has a long while to go. We are still technologically evolving AND we are still PHYSICALLY evolving.

Most people do not think this, I believe, but humans and all other creatures are still evolving that are alive today. Some changes are drastic compared to very specific details like how we have mutations like a more advanced hearing in someone compared to the average person but compared to more general and broad comparisons they are long and time consuming like developing new forms of senses and organs and stuff. Life evolves in such a way it seems as though it would take an intelligence behind it to come up with this stuff like which chemicals allow digestion without seriously endangering the creature itself or at least a system to protect the creature from the corrosive chemicals like how mucus is constantly being put on the lining of the stomach so it digests the mucus but not the stomach's flesh itself.

Also one thing I would like to say also is that how people view humans from animals. Scientifically speaking we ARE animals, no exceptions. However we just evolved and created some very-far-ahead-of-any-other-species kind of technology.

In a more opinionated way, the thing that separates us from animals is our technology. We are far far ahead of animals that are still using sticks and rocks and some primitive or more-than-primitive-but-not-as-complex-as-human type of speak or verbal communication. However, scientists use how we differ genetically, bone structurally, and physical characteristically (in general terms) to decide how far we differ from animals.


Also, sorry for the lengthy comment lol but I really really like to explain myself as you can see lol.
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livinlovindude Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
but the presence of these technologies still does not differentiate us from animals, albeit the fact that ours are exponentially more complex than theirs, but the key principle of technologies for both human and animal is that it is developed for a single purpose, to make our lives easier. It is for practicality's sake, not leisure with we sometimes correlate to the deeper human-conceptualized meaning, something other than for function. this kind of "meaning making" cannot be found within animals.
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Universe12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes exactly. Animals are very complicated mentally like humans but not as evolved. The major difference between human and the rest of animals is how we think. Animals have a understanding much like a young infant. They see, remember, classify, distinguish, and learn the world around them. However, the thing that makes us much different in thinking is that animals do not know language to make complicated thoughts like we can. We developed a language especially a verbal one in means of distance and more complete communication. Animals can make sense of like one is bad, good, to stay away from, (well instincts help with much of that), and all this adds to their knowledge and maybe somehow adds to their instincts. Instincts did develop from not just evolution but from untold eons of experiences of creatures. They add to that instincts with every moment and it becomes a internal guide to life in a way.

One book I was thinking of was a Book by 'Jack London' called "White Fang." If you go onto my profile page on DA there is a wolf sketch and on the sketch it says well :White Fang" and that is the name of the book. It is over 100 years since it was published but is still very good. If you get a chance to read it I would recommend it. It is pretty good I think. Just found it one day and I had some time to read it over a few days.
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TsawlaEltuTsamsiyu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing.
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Xifihas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Cool story bro
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It-Itches Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
JA!!!
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The666thPokemonRival Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This explain why animal dont know when we try to help them when they are sick... They dont know y we are making them suffer with pills and other treatments T_T
We are so greedy.
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human72 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Do not doubt humanity in front of me.
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