Are Humans Animals?

Fiona - posted on 08/05/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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okay so instead of derailing the open relationship i thought id start this up. so my question is if we aren't animals what are we? our taxinomic classification is
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primata
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Homo
Species: Homo sapiens

why would we be classified in the kingdom animalia if we werent animals? now i'm not saying we dont think, dont feel, cant override our base instincts sort of thing, what i want to know is why people say we aren't animals when we are. were not plants, were not single celled organisms. we could possibly be a virus but thats more to do with how i feel about humans and their actions as a whole than any scientific proof. were definitely not the only 'intelligent' species. there are many creatures who have basic tool using skills, elephants 'bury' their dead. dolphins engage in sexual relationships outside of ovulation. so what makes us so special? nukes? that just makes us stupid. the fact we can think, speak, use tools, etc. the fact we have 'civilization'? so why do we think of us as seperate to the animal kingdom?

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Krista - posted on 08/06/2010

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I think when people say that "men are not animals" they're not speaking literally. They simply mean that as human beings, we are expected to be able to control our base instincts, as opposed to mindlessly acting upon them, like many other species would.

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How do we know that other animals are NOT spiritual or even that spirituality has anything to do with anything, just because some humans believe in God etc does not mean they are correct in that beliefs. We are animals.

Fiona - posted on 08/07/2010

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@ Julie I think the best way i've seen the whole civilization thing was something like 'Humans don't adapt to the world around them, they adapt the world around them to themselves' but thats only loosely quoted as i cannot remember where i've read that. some caveman fiction or other probably

Tara - posted on 08/06/2010

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Well... I don't. I am a firm believer in the fact we are animals. And if more people would parent like the animal we are, our world would be full of more secure people.
"The Naked Ape" by Desmond Morris is one of my all time favourite non fiction works.
I am an animal!
I wrote a human interest piece years ago titled "What would the monkeys say?" it was regarding many popular parenting styles and how they contradict our animal origins.
Again, I don't think being an animal means that we can't over ride some of our more basic animal instincts but I think in many respects we have strayed far to far away from our animalness.
:)Tara

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Julie - posted on 08/09/2010

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@ --> "spirituality! can you name an animal that knows about that?"

Can you prove an animal that does not?

Charlie - posted on 08/08/2010

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spirituality is a thought , it doesnt change the fact that biologically we are animals .

Fiona - posted on 08/07/2010

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there be spirit animals but no animal religions (the world would be a much screwier and dangerous place if there where) but does that warrant us being classed as seperate kingdom or does it just mean that we are an animal with a 'superior' brain hard-wiring, to allow us such things as imagination, spirituality, etc.

Jenny - posted on 08/06/2010

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Humans are the only animal stupid enough to believe we're above the food chain or cycle of life. We're very much animals but too brain-evolved and instinct-dumb to realize it.

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We're animals. What distinguishes us from the "lower" order of animals is that we can DECIDE to be cruel, violent etc

Julie - posted on 08/06/2010

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People mistakenly think of themselves as separate from the animal kingdom, and nature as a whole, for the most part."civilization" means nothing, just better adapted to how we've made the world.

Ask any human who's survived some natural disaster, been lost in the woods, had a close encounter of the carnivore kind while unarmed, or the like. We are only *very* precariously perched at the top of the food chain ...

We are neither separate NOR better than the rest of "the animal kingdom".

Fiona - posted on 08/06/2010

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our flatmate is a rather hirsute male as well but we refer to him as a yeti



but they are rather lovable aren't they.

*Lisa* - posted on 08/06/2010

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My husband is also not a pig, he's hairy enough to be an ape, but he's a lovable one!

Fiona - posted on 08/06/2010

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Wooo! i'm not the only one who thinks like that! well aside from my husband. what would you classify a hiccup is? i swear my son's a hiccup in baby disguise. sorry im just on random at the moment.

Carolee - posted on 08/06/2010

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How do we know that cats and dogs don't talk to each other and say what stupid animals we are. Just because we don't understand other animal's languages doesn't mean that our language skills are more advanced than theirs. And, as for building things (like homes and skyscrapers), animals do that, too... only they build for what they NEED and not to have the "biggest and best" of anything. If they try to out-do each other, there is a direct reason for it (not anything like jealousy or pure greed).

I think humans are exceedingly arrogant in their thought process (for the majority). We are animals that have a tendancy to act as a virus... we destroy almost everything we come into contact with.

Charlie - posted on 08/06/2010

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sometimes i see things that make me think " they are worse than animals , they're human" often when i see the darker side of humanity i wonder who really is better .

But then i see my family ad smile , my fiance is not a pig i often call him a pappa bear :D

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I agree with Tara on that one. We are animals and we should learn to override some instincts but we have strayed too much in some aspects.

Becky - posted on 08/06/2010

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"You and me baby ain't nothing but mammels, so let's do it like they do it on discovery channel..."
Sorry, this post just made me think of that song! :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/06/2010

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Of COURSE men are animals...more specifically pigs...and women are momma bears...will do anything to protect their families...and kids...well....they are monkeys. Always jumping and swinging from things...playing with their poo too!

Fiona - posted on 08/06/2010

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In the Letting your man stray thread there where a couple of sentiments expressed about men not being animals etc. so after some derailing of the thread i decided to start this thread to see peoples points of views on the subject. especially theirs.

Johnny - posted on 08/06/2010

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Of course we are animals, and unless you are one of those people that don't "believe" in science, you know we are. LOL @ those peoples. Duh!

Jessica - posted on 08/05/2010

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We are over glorified animals, we are just much more hateful,cruel and judgemental then the furry animal kingdom.

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We are of course animals! My son doesn't agree...but he's 4 and doesn't get it. I suppose because we eat on plates & with silverware makes us not animals??? I think we are above animals in the sense that we can control our instincts, feelings, emotions, etc. I think we are above them enough to say that it is not an okay argument for why men cheat! I think we are civilized, but that doesn't take us out of the animal kingdom!

Brandy - posted on 08/05/2010

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I believe the kingdom (animalia) is otherwise known as animal and class (mammalia) is otherwise known as mammals. Yes, we are animals. LoL

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