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 What defines humanity? (14)

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What defines humanity?

Ive been watching a lot of documentaries on human evolution, and I find it interesting learning about the different primate species - more specifically I find the discussion of when our species became ''not monkey'' interesting. Like, was it when we started using tools, was it when we started communicating, was it when we started doing art?

In your opinion, what kind of human qualities make us different from not just monkeys, but all of the other animals on this earth?
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What defines humanity?

Opposable thumbs and the ability to visualise (and solve) abstract problems.

shoutoutloud(4302) Clarified
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Opposable thumbs

Many other primate species other than homo have opposable thumbs

the ability to visualise (and solve) abstract problems.

That is an abstract definition, not a particularly specific one you are able to measure.

BurritoLunch(5292) Clarified
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The human opposable thumb is longer, compared to finger length, than any other primate thumb. This long thumb and its ability to easily touch the other fingers allow humans to firmly grasp and manipulate objects of many different shapes.

https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/human-origins/understanding-our-past/living-primates/the-grasping-hand

BurritoLunch(5292) Clarified
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That is an abstract definition

No it isn't.

not a particularly specific one you are able to measure.

Your question was what defines humanity, not how do I measure what defines humanity. Besides, if you were interested in measurements you'd have measured the human thumb before challenging its uniqueness.

Amarel(5139) Clarified
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Small children can't visualize and solve abstract problems. Are they opossums?

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Small children can't visualize and solve abstract problems. Are they opossums?

What a fucking stupid question. Small tigers can't eat people. Are they elephants?

What defines humanity? The ability to answer this age-old question:

If it takes a pound of powder in a ram's ass to blow his horns off; how far does a rat turd have to fall to break a shingle?

The fate of humanity rests on answering this question correctly.