What are some things that only humans do?
Humans are the only species to...
Kill purely for sport. Humans are the only species known to hunt for a trophy or sense of achievement, most things not so necessary to survival.
No, I watched a special on NatGeo and they had several big cats they followed who began killing for sport. They were young males. They have found that same quality in rogue male adolescent grizzly bears.
Wow, I've never heard of that duffsmom, maybe it depends on how one defines 'sport'.
wow. well, i've been wrong before. . that's very interesting, though. Makes me wonder what other animals would do so
Manipulate is one thing I can think of. Also the human being is the only species I know of that seems to take pleasure in someone else's misfortune, or attempts to build themselves up by tearing someone else down. Wow...there are a lot of things. Too many to mention.
Maybe, although it would be hard to know for sure if this didn't occur with some non-humans. Chimps are coming to mind with dominant males, not sure if that's the same thing.
Birds definitely get pleasure out of picking on one another. Some smarter, ill-mannered birds may also find it amusing to scare, injure, or humiliate people. The "commotion" that follows pleases them I think.
write, communicate complex abstract ideas through complex speech, believe in a God and or religion, create and enjoy complex music, and organize to create war. Also we invent complex tools/technology. There are lots of other things but these are big basic things to get you started..
Invent complex systems of speech, beliefs, and civilizations. Humans are the only animals who believe in a supernatural being and an afterlife. Humans also are the only animal species who start wars for sheer gain. Humans are the only animal species who can invent weapons of mass destruction and can also invent things that could immensely improve and advance humankind.
Humans are the only animals who can be knowingly evil and harm each other for sport and pleasure. Humans are the only animals who knowingly abuse their children and the more vulnerable members of society. Humans are the only animals who have the means and wherewithal to improve and advance civilizations and societies.
Good answer, depending on your definition of a war, I would say some animals fight for gain (territory, mates, food, ect.). Of course animals can't organize their 'wars' like we do. Some may also knowingly abuse the vulnerable.
Humans are the only species to have responsibilities, and therefor, have rights.
Make fire and cook food, wear clothing, cry, get fat (animals don't get fat in the wild). Get old (animals never get old in the wild).
1. Complex language (translates into arts and religion)
3. Emotional Tears
4. Deep thinking
5. Love: monogamous love
You'll have people challenging 2-4. Some animals are monogamous, for example Patagonian cavies. Whether or not that's 'love' is debatable.
I honestly do not think humans are unique. There are a lot of qualities with other animals. We are just more destructive and use the earth to create more complex stuff. Everything we do is a little more complex.
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