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How We Construct Ourselves As Human

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Animals and humans have many similarities in what makes both of them up. For example, humans are a part of the animal kingdom and anything in the animal kingdom is made up of matter. Our entire existence, as we can tell, is made up of matter. From the little neurons firing in your mind, to the water in the Ocean, it is all matter. Substance, to get Aristotelian, is not what separates us from other animals. What does though, are many wonderful things, and language is deeply embedded in nearly each of these things. For if there were no language, how would we be able to develop poems? Better yet, how would we be able to differentiate and explain the difference between sonnets and haikus? Language enables us to teach one another at a rapid rate, at some speed that has not yet been broken yet. We read to gain information and we gather our thoughts through the use of language. In our minds, in the quietest of moments we have thoughts and many of them are expressed through language, without the movement of our mouths.
There are certain animals that have developed a form of communication, but we cannot be sure if these animals have developed any speech patterns or organize thoughts that determine problem solving through the use of any language. There have been studies that show animals do indeed express certain types of behaviors that marvel scientists and prove that animals are indeed intelligent. In New Zealand, it was recently shown that crows can express insight to certain situations, “the ability to devise a correct solution to a novel problem without doing any trial-and-error manipulation in the real world” (Do Animals Think Marcia Clemmett), devise an answer while mentally thinking about it. When set up with a problem to solve, one crow decisively looked at the problem and swooped in which ended the problem in one try, intelligence at its finest hour. It would be asinine to assume that this crow could jot the solution down and maybe even figure out another way, jot that one down too, and ultimately compare and contrast which one it likes more and then prove it to another crow. Humans are able to do this.
Animals have also been known to “have the ability to form abstract concepts based on sensory perceptions,” which is a thing that is attributed to plenty sentient beings, but also there is also the fact that “no evidence actually shows that they can form concepts about things that they cannot see or touch, like mental states” (Do Animals Think Marcia Clemmett). What does this mean? It is quite simple, unlike humans, animals cannot see past what is in front of them, so to speak. There is nothing outside of this world that they cannot form a concept of that does not already exist. In here, we use language to come up with answers to questions that we cannot understand, like the formation of philosophies to explain the world around us, as well as come up with concepts that are not inherently “real,” such as unicorns, the forming of other...

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