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Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?

Abstract

Chapman & Huffman make use of observations and studies that show how humans may not be as unique in our behaviour and cognition as previously thought. I wholeheartedly agree that our uniqueness might be small and that if it exists, it should not give our species any right to act cruelly towards other animals. However, this kind of logic can be problematic. I present a few of the issues in this commentary.

Author Biography

Magnus Helgheim Blystad holds an MSc Neuroscience and works on empathy and behaviour, pro-social rat behaviour and possible influencers of such behaviours. Currently a PhD candidate at Oslo Metropolitan University, he teaches Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience in the Psychology BA program. Website

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