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Is human cognitive and intellectual superiority an unproven assumption?
Human cognitive and intellectual superiority is only an unproven assumption
Lloyd Morgan's Canon
institutionalized bias towards the presumed inferiority of all non-human animals in comparative psychology.
Technological achievements are not proof of intellectual superiority since other animals lack the particular anatomy of our hands responsible for the required fine motor skills.
Methods to determine cognition in other species are designed to detect human-like intelligence, mainly based on our own specific skills and ways of perception and processing of information.
The fact that non-human animals may not understand humans, and humans do not understand them, does not mean our 'intelligence' are at different levels, they are just of
Technological achievements are proof of the understanding of nature and taking advantage of this knowledge. No other species has near the technological achievements or scientific knowledge as humans.
efficient cross-domain optimisation
to an extent lesser creatures do not.
Human superiority is not important and does not affect the decisions humans make.
If another animal species were more intelligent than humans, they would dominate the world instead.
Non-human animals use their intelligence for immediate problem solving, not for abstract thinking or future planning like humans do.
Humans are curious about literally everything (from remote planets to other species to subatomic particles), whereas non-human animals show interest only for their immediate surroundings.
Humans make up for physical disadvantages by copying other species skills and features to use for their own advantage.
Should Human Life Be Valued Above Animal Life?
Humans are fundamentally different from other animals.
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