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Posted by Jim Bergquist on September 9, 2003 19:31:24 UTC

What distinguishes humans from animals is the high degree of interdependence among the individuals of society. We have a group consciousness, i.e., society that excedes what individuals can accomplish alone. It is aware of itself. Our culture that gives us a sense of immortality. This is why were are called homosapiens. Cultures were personified in ancient times as gods. If we extend the idea to all of Nature we end up with a conception of God which is the transcendent force or spirit that governs it. The idea being that we are part of something greater.

From the Freudian point of view our conscousness consists of three components: Id, Ego and Superego. Animals might possess the first two but only intelligent creatures have developed a Superego which serves the group. What is the level of dolphin culture. Do the possess an oral tradition?

What immediately impresses one about dolphins is their level of alertness. They are extremely curious about what goes on around them. This might also explain a larger forebrain. In the open sea there is no place to hide. Dolphins survive as a group. Bonding among individuals helps ensure group survival.

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