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Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?


Chapman & Huffman attack the idea that humans are unique and therefore superior to nonhuman beings. They call on humankind to use their “intellect to change [their] actions.” I am in full accord with their line of thought, which differentiates uniqueness from superiority and enjoins humans to take responsible action. I suggest, however, that humans are unique with regard to cognitive fluidity. The same conclusions can be reached via another argument based on human uniqueness.

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Uta Maria Juergens investigates human-wildlife relations in a project funded by Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung. Her further interests range from synaesthesia research to anthrozoology and the philosophy of mind. She is a writer and investigates human-nature relations from an artistic angle. Website