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Are Humans Really Any Different from Other Animals?

Our language capabilities, cultures, and abstract thinking aren't as unique as we'd like to think.

By Thomas HaydenAug 12, 2008 5:00 AM


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Language, culture, abstract thought—they’ve all popped up in other animals. So what makes humans unique? All neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga can say is that we’re more: more playful, more moral, more intelligent, more deceptive. Isn’t that special?

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