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Often, consciousness is referred to metaphorically as a mirror (which is usually associated with a way to examine beauty) from which we can see ourselves, at least our reflected image. But, we all know that beauty goes deeper than the surface of things. So, our consciousness must deal with more than images of things, depending on where we point the mirror. I tell my students we humans do only three things in life – – – we are born, we learn, and then we die. Of course, the guts of life, our lifespans, the body of life is in the… Read more »

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Humans have larger brains and are capable of learning and teaching things other mamals can’t. Doesn’t make us better just different. We can learn and figure out the consequences of our actions. For instance, humans have mastered fire and we know what happens if the fire gets out of control.

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We are only concerned about the environment because, unlike our other Earthmates, we manipulate the environment faster than it can adjust. This causes pretty severe consequences.

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I am not sure that this question is terribly fair to our lesser cousins. Other animals show that same traits as us with respect to awareness of their surroundings, curiosity, and intelligence. We are tool users, and that is what separates us from the other animals. We have so developed our tool-using skill that it appears that we have a greater interest in our environment, when in fact, we only have a greater ability to change it.

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the environment is what keeps us going if we didnt have clean water and air to breath which that oxygen comes from trees then we wouldnt be alive