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Discussion 1 to Meditation 587
Other Species Can Communicate Complex Thoughts

by: Lee

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Gordon Wayne claims ...

"Speech is a uniquely human ability because no other species possesses the biological endowments necessary for transmitting complex thoughts and feelings."

This is untrue. All primates possesses the biological endowments necessary for transmitting complex thoughts and feelings, they are called hands. Primates have demonstrated the capability to use human sign language, clearly a form of speech, and this suggests to me that the communication we see them use in the wild may be far more than just elementary sounds.

But are primates then unique? No they aren't. Many species that are demonstrably self aware have the ability to communicate. Just because we are unable to understand their communication  does not mean that "they cannot share those cognitive processes".

This particular message is being conveyed without the use of vocal cords, larynx or ears. In fact it is being carried, for the majority of its journey, by simple representations of just two distinct characters, 0 and 1, which could easily be represented by elementary sounds.

Traditional religious theory tends to elevate man to some special level above that of other animals. This, I think, is wrong.