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Aug
10
comment What, if anything, sets humans apart from other species?
Interesting thought indeed!
Aug
9
comment What, if anything, sets humans apart from other species?
The state of a human language not being translatable will always be temporary. When it comes to animals, many times we have deciphered their means of communication, revealing that it can be complex, but not quite as complex as human language. We are unique in that sense. Regarding the excerpt you brought from Cambridge, it refers to consciousness, which I agree non-human animals posses.
Aug
9
comment What, if anything, sets humans apart from other species?
I love this debate! (is the comments area suitable for it?). Nevertheless, I find this type of argument counterproductive, since ultimately we would always have this epistemological barrier. In reality, there is no known human language that cannot be translated into a another. And every such human language obeys universal principles (albeit in fact this set of principles is not yet properly defined, and there have been found exceptions). Communication protocols of animals, however, do not reach the same complexities or obey these rules.
Jul
30
comment What causes laughter?
I'm no expert on the field, but does you question implies a separation between humor and laughter?
Jul
30
comment Why do people talk fast in presentations when nervous?
This explains well that people get nervous when presenting. But why does this nervousness cause presenters to talk faster?