this discussion was prompted as a result of interesting exchanges in the
can you just eat 100% fruit thread.
it is an area that needs to be explored because many people are not aware of the discoveries which have been made in animal cognition over the past 3 decades.
my personal contention is that it is a bit tautological to argue that humans are unique since
a) they are
b) so is every other species
hence, if every species is unique, being unique is really not all that unique. it's a bit like the line in gilbert and sullivan's gondoliers "when everybody's a somebody, no one's anybody" :D
however, let's examine the idea against the backdrop of research and see where we go because sometimes the implications can get ugly with notions of human superiority arrogantly creeping in.