Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Human hubris


"Humans are the only species with architecture."

Really?

African termite mound


"Humans are the only species with language."

I see you, and raise you a whale.

all cetaceans have language


"But, but, but... humans are the only species that can farm!"

leaf cutter ants farm fungus

"But what about war? Don't humans only have war?"

If only...

chimp war

"What about muh communism?"



"Naked mole rats are among the ugliest creatures in the animal kingdom, and they engage in acts that seem repulsive — such as eating one another’s, and their own, faeces. … Now researchers have found one biological motivation for this behaviour. When a queen mole rat’s subordinates feed on her hormone-filled faeces, the resulting oestrogen boost causes the beta rats to take care of the queen’s pups … […] Like bees, naked mole rats live in eusocial colonies, with only one queen rat and a few males that can reproduce. The rest of the colony consists of dozens of infertile subordinates that help with tasks such as foraging and defending the nest. The subordinate rats also take care of the queen’s pups as though the babies were their own: they build the nests, lick the pups and keep them warm with their body heat." — Source

"But only humans do capitalism!"

behind this sweet looking bird is the dank whore of the animal kingdom

"Prostitution in animals was first reported in 1998 by Fiona Hunter, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, and Lloyd Davis of the University of Otago, who had spent five years observing the mating behavior of Adélie penguins. The study was conducted as part of an Antarctica New Zealand programme on the Ross Island, approximately 800 miles (1,300 km) from the South Pole.[1]

"According to the report about the study published by BBC News Online, some female penguins sneak around on their partners. These prostitutes have sex with unattached males and take a pebble from the male's nest after having sex. In an actual study the researchers speculate that the female has bent over to grab a stone and the male has misinterpreted the gesture—she hasn't changed her mind or performed a trick. But researchers are still studying the phenomenon, and a consensus has not yet been reached; it is assumed that either the female is baiting, or that the male deliberately chooses to misinterpret the gesture, as coercive sexual copulation is common among these penguins. The BBC further reported Hunter as saying that the female penguins probably didn't engage in prostitution only for stones. Hunter believed "what they are doing is having copulation for another reason and just taking the stones as well. We don't know exactly why, but they are using the males". This behavior was also suggested as a mate choice process by which the females might find a possible future mate. This would provide a female penguin with another male penguin should their current mate die. The male penguins, the study speculates, were engaged in sex with the prostitute females only for sexual satisfaction. According to Hunter's observation, the number of prostitute penguins was very low, and she approximated this as "only a few percent".[1]

I'm just saying. We're not that special.




1 comment:

  1. At least for architecture. Animal architecture as far as we know doesn't take into consideration aesthetics.

    We perceive beauty in the moon,stars(especially the milky way) and the setting sun. Even though it has no functional purpose other than for our enjoyment.

    The ancients built cities to reflect the celestial phenomena and subsequent beauty they see above:
    https://orthosphere.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/architectural-ornament-dead-or-alive/

    Humans beings also have a tendency generally to the transcendent. Being drawn to the spiritual of which beauty is a window into.

    And I do agree that humans shares those features although of a much more advanced nature.

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