Humanize From Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism
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human exceptionalism

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african american gardener looking at freshly picked from the ground golden beets at community communal garden
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Again with the ‘Plants Are Intelligent’ Nonsense

Periodically, the mainstream media focus on advocacy for the idea that plants are intelligent and/or moral beings. For example, the New York Times ran a column some years back asserting that peas are persons. Why? Pea plants release chemicals in the soil that alert other pea plants of drought conditions. Read More ›
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young couple sitting at a table on a desert dune while talking, relaxing and observing the stars and the milky way above them
young couple sitting at a table on a desert dune while talking, relaxing and observing the stars and the milky way above them

Asking Questions Demonstrates Human Exceptionalism

One of the unique attributes of humans is that we ask questions. Not just straightforward questions, like “What’s for dinner?” but deep questions, like “What is the meaning of life?”  Read More ›
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Elephant in the savannah, in Namibia, Africa, concept for traveling in Africa and Safari
Elephant in the savannah, in Namibia, Africa, concept for traveling in Africa and Safari

Court Rules Elephant Does Not Have Rights

I have written here several times about the attempt by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NHRP) to “break the species barrier” by having animals declared “persons” entitled to enforceable rights. The first cases involved chimps. The latest attempt involved Happy the elephant, a denizen of the Bronx Zoo. Read More ›
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Elephant in the savannah, in Namibia, Africa, concept for traveling in Africa and Safari
Elephant in the savannah, in Namibia, Africa, concept for traveling in Africa and Safari

Why Happy the Elephant Should Not Have Rights

Promoting the proper care of animals is a noble cause. But that is not what the legal effort to have Happy declared a ‘person’ is ultimately all about. Read More ›
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Elephant in the savannah, in Namibia, Africa, concept for traveling in Africa and Safari
Elephant in the savannah, in Namibia, Africa, concept for traveling in Africa and Safari

Elephants Are Better ‘Persons’ Than People!

If we lower ourselves from the unique species to just another animal in the forest, that is precisely how we will act. Read More ›
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Discovery Institute Fellow Speaks at the D.C. 40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally

On Monday, October 4, 2021,  Arina Grossu, Fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, spoke at the Washington D.C. 40 Days for Life campaign Kickoff Rally, focusing her remarks on how the pro-life movement is seeing the beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade.  Read More ›
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Swimming African Elephant Underwater. Big elephant in ocean with air bubbles and reflections on water surface.
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NO to ‘Elephant Rights’ and ‘Water Rights’

The anti-humanists are on the march! Today, I want to discuss subversive advocacy campaigns to expand rights from the human realm to animals, and indeed, the rest of the natural world. Read More ›
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Using Bonobos to Bash Human Exceptionalism

The other day I heard an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about bonobos and their capacity for “culture.” A couple of reporters were talking about a journal article for eLife, “Social Learning: Does culture shape hunting behavior in bonobos?” Read More ›