You’re a large-brained scheming dreamer with a sense of justice: What it means to be human

Unthinkable: Speciesism, which puts humans above nature, may be the last acceptable prejudice

‘It’s sobering to consider that in a parallel history the world might have looked more like a planet of the apes.’ File image: Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty

‘It’s sobering to consider that in a parallel history the world might have looked more like a planet of the apes.’ File image: Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty

You animal! Ape! Your ancestors had sex with Neanderthals!

The Unthinkable philosophy column opens today with a crude test of speciesism. Why would you be insulted by the opening remarks – unless you felt humans were somehow a cut above nature?

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