The BBC recently posted a story questioning the supposed differences between the mental abilities of homo sapiens and other members of the animal kingdom including emotions like empathy and suggesting that the hard and fast line Western society has embraced might be a lot more flimsy and porous than commonly posed. In part the piece reads:
“The human brain has nearly 100,000 times as many neurons as the bee brain, yet the rudiments of many of our most valued behaviours can be seen in the teeming activity of the hive. So what’s the point of all that grey matter we hold in our skulls? And how does it set us apart from other animals? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney on 15 November.”
Read the rest of the article here:
Thanks to Soror Hypatia for the tip!