Re: Are we "special"?

Drew Johnson (
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 12:14:15 -0500

In article <>, says...
> Yeah, sure. OK, I'm sure we could go into this relativistic arguement
> all day, but the point here, as we discuss this issue in our heated
> homes/offices on computers, that send electical impulses through phone
> lines to other computers called newservers, which others download, is
> that our uniqueness has allowed us to create some pretty facinating toys
> and some pretty interesting methods of communication, and allowed us to
> do things to no other species has done. We are only evolving socially
> now, and doing so at a surprising rate. Our patterns of communication
> are still changing. That in itself, I think (subjectively to myself),
> is pretty damn special.

I was thinking exactly the same thing! I admit, the question in
question really does not have any scientific validity in a purely
objective sense. However if you allow the slightest bit of philosophy
into the debate it becomes quite interesting. I was thinking about how
humans are evolving socially in leaps and bounds, and I wondered what
other animals, if any, were doing the same? While not necessarily a
scientific question, I would appreciate any ideas from others. I agree
with Noel in that this is quite special!

Drew Johnson
University of Georgia

"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank
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