NO it is not. It is a factual realisation of our uniqueness and thus specialness. While each animal type may be special and unique, humanity has certain characteristics which distinguish it clealry nd physically from all oher types, at this time. The single most powerful point of separation is our combined ability to speak and to think in complex symbolic forms, using symbols and mental constructs atached to labels via language, to facilitate communication. If you understand human neurology and the way our brains work, to establish first memory then language and sophisticated thought forms and understandings, you will know that no other animal approaches us in this area. They are probalby 100000 years behind us in evolutionary terms.
We are NOT niche animals we do not SPECIALISE in adaptations to a niche nvironment, rather, our language and sapience makes us non- specialist adpators. We adapt ourselves to every environment on earth, through imagination, desire, and technology and adapt environments to our own needs through technology.
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The technology comes from our sapience, but more importantly comes the abilty ot see how it cna be used and applied and the consequences of doing so. We cna plan, create, build and alter, everything around us and even our selves.
It is dangerous not to understand and apppreciate this, and to think of us as "just another animal because of the ability a power we have to create and destroy. We became separate from the rest of the animal kingdom when we reached present human levels of sapient self awareness, probably up to 100000 years ago, and certainly in homosapiens, cromagnon, neandertal, and similar times.
On the other hand, you are absolutley right about morals and ethics Children are not born good or bad, because there is no absolute good or bad, only what a society determines. Children, because of the attributes dicussed above, have a unique potential to learn/ be taught, values ethics and beliefs
They learn these from birth (and possibly earlier, as they learn language and how to think and process. There are no absolute human values. ALL of these are cultural. But because the human brain is a biological entity not influenced by culture, all humans tend towards similar conclusions given similar inputs. SO some ethics moralities appear more univeral than others, but that is a qualit y of the commonality of the human brain, more than anything we are born knowing.
It is impossible for child to be born good or evil loving hating empathetic or selfish because ALL those qualities abilities are learned (they are actually mental constructs and behaviours,) as our brains physically develop and as our language is learned. We have to learn be taught how to love, for example. No human intrinsically knows how to do this or even understands the nature of human love. It is not a biological force like the natural biological bonds of mother and baby, for example.
Edited by Mr Walker, 18 October 2012 - 11:31 AM.