Are we exceptional humans? Or just stupid apes who do stupid ape things?

Here’s a thought provoking post by Matthew – please add your thoughts to the comments under his original post 😀

Matthew Wright

It would be nice to think that, as humans, we have something special about us. But when I look at the mess we’ve made of the world – at the way we’re destroying the planet that sustains us, all the while fighting among ourselves, with increasing venom and intolerance, over abstractions, I have to wonder.

Are we really just stupid apes?

Scientifically it’s become clear that the idea of human exceptionalism has died – kicking and screaming to the last. But it’s dead for the anthropological and paleontological communities. Current biology classifies us as a species of great ape. Furthermore, characteristics we used to think were ours alone, defining our humanity, were also characteristic of cousin humans such as Neanderthals. In the broadest sense, a lot of what we do is also characteristic of our more distant relatives such as chimps. Including fighting wars.

Wright_NeanderthalIt’s taken a while for science…

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