Monday, 18 June 2012

How humans differ from animals

“I have found a perfect definition of human nature as distinguished from the animal.  Benjamin Franklin said, Man was a ‘tool-making animal’, which is very well; for no animal but man makes a thing. But this applies to very few of the species.  My definition of Man is, a ‘Cooking Animal’.  The beasts have memory, judgement, and all the facilities and passions of our mind,  in a certain degree; but no beast is a cook.” 

Samuel Johnson , 1709-1784

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