Are people really human animals?I have to do some research on the human animal - could some one answer the above please so I can get started please?  I'm hoping someone could get back to me...

Are people really human animals?

I have to do some research on the human animal - could some one answer the above please so I can get started please?  I'm hoping someone could get back to me soon so I can start.  thanks Joelle

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There can be no dispute that human beings are animals.  We are clearly beings that can move on our own and which must eat other things to get our energy (rather than photosynthesizing it).  Biologically, then, we are clearly animals.

The question, then, is whether we are somehow different from other kinds of animals.  Clearly, we are different from other animals in a way that makes us human.   The major difference is the fact that, so far as we can tell, we are the only animals that are capable of higher thinking.  We are the only animals to be able to make tools and to have full languages.  These are things that seem to make us qualitatively different from other animals that just exist without truly being aware and without being able to think about abstract things in the way people can.

Overall, then, we are clearly animals, but we are also clearly different in very important ways from all the other animals on Earth.

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