And so can other animals. The point being: it's a big difference between having some clues and having a true comprehension.<quoted text>
WR: Secondly, again, we can only base what we know of other beings based almost exclusively by observation. That's akin to digging up a few spearheads and some jewelry from an archaeological site and thinking that you know what it was like to live in that culture.
AL: yes, thats how we learn.
Yeah, but again, you are measuring other beings with a human ruler. We can create fire. Great. But on the other hand, now we are also reliant on it. And we've also made fire a potential weapon too.WR: Third, before we humans pat ourselves on the back too much, look at what our ability to manipulate our environment has wrought for us and all other beings on this planet.
AL: fire, penicillin, civilization, art, history, critical thinking, science, religion, Justin Beiber.
As for Justin Beiber, I think it's great that in some small ways humans are getting away from defined gender roles. ;) But really, can someone please do something with that guys hair? Seriously, the other animals are laughing their asses off.
We have come a long way, I agree.WR: We are different in many ways than other beings around us, but where does the "superior" value judgement come in? And even if one were to feel that humans were, overall, superior, doesn't that imply a very high standard of responsibility to others?
AL: who said we don't? We have come a long way in the treatment of animals though I will admit we still have a ways to go.
Huh? None of that indicates animals have souls, and instructions for subjugating animals? Really? You want to use that as an example?AL: And yes, the Bible commands us to take care of the animals under our care. One of the signs of a righteous man, the Bible says, is that he takes care of his animals (see Proverbs 12:10). Even the animal of an enemy was to be treated kindly: "If you come across your enemy's ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him" (Exodus 23:4). One reason God commanded His people to rest one day out of seven was so their animals would be refreshed (see Exodus 23:12).
WR: the Bible says animals have no souls,
Al: animals have souls: Gen.1:20,21,24; 2:19; 9:10,12,15,16; Lev.11:46,46.
WTF???The fact is that humanity is an arrogant, narcissistic race thats WHY we are superior to animals
True.But we also are like children first discovering our great powers but still struggling to learn the dangers about wielding that power.
But anyway, I guess what I'm saying is: different is not necessarily better. Yes, we are different in many ways than other species we share this planet with. But what good is our much vaunted intelligence if we soil the planet and potentially wipe ourselves out, either though warfare, starvation, or pollution? If we met an alien race that could do something we can't, but used that ability to harm themselves, would we consider that superior?