Originally posted by Ragnorak
The christian had him forcibly removed from his property for, and I quote "You called my children animals", ie: By saying that man evolved from apes, you implied that my children are animals.
[Edit: Sorry, yet another one who believes humans are animals.]
Of course we're animals. Who can even question that? We're the only animal we know of who can communicate abstract ideas, but animals nonetheless. I see nothing pessimistic about that.
But to say that because we descend from apes (being animals), we are less than we would be if we were not animals, is strange to me. We're animals, and more specifically, we're humans. And a human is not the same as a gorilla, snail or snake. It's a human.
Besides, I do believe a gorilla should be more offended if compared to a human than vice versa. They are so much better than humans.
And if we're not animals, what are we? What can you point at and say this makes us something entirely different from animals? And I don't mean little things like our ability to communicate abstract ideas. That doesn't separate us completely from other animals. We still have loads of abilities in common with animals.