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Why are human beings more powerful than other animals?


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Hello guys, Do you ever wonder why human beings are more powerful than other animals?
If yes, why?

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Hi @Blandine. I would love to hear how people in different fields would answer your question. For example, an anthropologist, a sociologist, a biologist ...

I'm none of these, but I do call myself an animal advocate and I'm often extremely sad at how we humans use our power to cause harm and suffering to other humans and animals. I don't know that any other species that is as intentionally cruel as the human species!

What do you think?
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I'm no expert but based on things I've read and my own observations I'd say:

Our intelligence, adaptability and ability to work together as a society gave us a survival edge which helped the species prosper and favored further development of intelligence-based traits (for example, our children spend far longer learning and developing before having children of their own that most species).

The complex communication system we developed helped us to share knowledge in a far more effective way, allowing humans to learn from one another's experiences, not solely our own.

Lastly, I think what sets us apart from species with similar intelligence, societal structure and communication abilities (like dolphins) is our ability to use 1 set of limbs for something other than transportation, allowing us to build shelters and tools which give us another survival edge and allow us greater influence on our environment than would be possible with just the physical capabilities of our own bodies.

Has anyone here studied this? Would love to hear other opinions!
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Thank you so much for your pov but I think it's because our nervous system is more developed than other animals.
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@Blandine can you explain more about what makes the human nervous system different and how that results in more power than other animals?

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