Segments in this Video

What Are We? (03:09)


Humans will continue evolving and growing as long they ask questions and seek answers. What is the difference between humans and other species? Many people believe man is the center of the universe.

Language (03:17)

Certain historical events have created a division between humans and other creatures. Some arguments supporting human superiority have weakened as human knowledge grows. Words are the most complex form of expression.

Use of Tools (03:53)

It was long believed that superior intelligence was required to operate tools. Utensils are not exclusive to humans. Learn how wasps behave instinctively in accordance with biological needs.

Capability to Play (02:15)

Scientists, naturalists, and modern philosophers know that species besides humans enjoy leisure activities. Play is necessary for learning and stress relief.

Ancestral People (03:21)

Modern humans think of themselves as beings capable of transforming and destroying the planet. Some cultures maintain primitive links with nature and live in balance with the Earth. Differences in culture can largely be attributed to habitat.

Humans Over Time (02:51)

Troglodytes and modern men both qualify as homo sapiens. Humans adapt and change over time and are now responding more to cultural selection than biological selection. Cultural components increase chances of reproduction.

Capacity to Assimilate (05:50)

Culture is perpetuated by copying beings with shared space and history. Humans are specialized in learning, associating, and imitating. Mixing earth and water is one example of how humans have learned by observing animals and nature.

Superior Natural Materials (02:44)

Many materials that humans find useful were learned of from animals. Wasps naturally make a substance that can be used as paper. Humans and animals are following survival instincts.

Association of Ideas and Necessities (03:11)

The Silk Road was important in connecting people from different geographic locations, bringing together different materials and knowledge. Men used information gained from different parts of the world to change how food was obtained.

Art of Killing (02:07)

Fratricidal conflict occurs among all species. Humans may be the only animals capable of causing their own extinction.

Ongoing War in Nature (02:27)

Chemical warfare may have been the most important factor human evolution. The urge to eat, but not be eaten requires the ability to evolve. Some plants are able to deter humans and animals.

Altruism (03:04)

Humans have incorporated knowledge of defensive mechanism in nature to further their own survival. Generosity and cooperation can be observed in other species. Primate hierarchies protect certain members, helping to perpetuate genetic heritage and culture.

Domestication of Other Species (02:21)

The advantages of mass agriculture have allowed humans to expand and enjoy a greater quality of life. Many other species protect and cultivate other living things for food, as is the case with ants and fungi.

Feelings (03:34)

Human beings can experience thing in ways not possible to other species. Intuition urges humans to protect the environment. Humans could look to bacteria to learn how to lengthen their own lifespans.

What Makes Humans Different (03:44)

Humans use language, tools, and feelings differently than any other species. Humans bring together all the good and bad the world has to offer.

Credits: Animal Sapiens (00:43)

Credits: Animal Sapiens

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The history of mankind is a history with plenty of questions. We have been wondering for one hundred thousand years about what is surrounding us. The big questions have marked our cultures, have shaped the religious beliefs and whole civilizations have arisen to turn the human race into the dominant one throughout the planet. ANIMAL SAPIENS will bring viewers closer to the cultural successes of mankind to show us that these strategies are also used by other inhabitants of our planet. The use of tools, the skills of language or the practice of games and amusements at the same time get us closer and keep us away from the rest of living creatures. This makes the human beings to ask themselves the same question again: Are we something more than an animal?

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL118696

ISBN: 978-1-63521-525-0

Copyright date: ©2003

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