"People have sought answers to the question 'what makes us human' ever since Aristotle, but now the philosophers can go home: Science has the solution."\n\nHuh, so that's all there is to it, eh? A few mutations in an ape-like common ancestor, and voila, you've got a human instead of... well, it doesn't make sense to say "*instead of* an ape," does it? Or even "human," with all its outdated philosophical and religious baggage. Just "Homo sap." -- an ape with a bloated brain and the equivalent of a bad case of mange.\n\nNow that you've told the philosophers to go home (and scientists long ago told the clergy to shut up or repeat the party line), I guess only the Scientists are left. Well, fine, Mister Scientist with all the answers, do tell us now: should we start granting all our so-called "rights" to the other great apes, as they've already started to do in Spain, or can we just stop worrying about possible cultural evolutionary flukes like, "rights," "ethics," and "morals"? \n\nAnd don't give me that garbage about those issues being the realm of philosophers and clergy, if you're going to claim sole rights to questions like "what makes us human?" Either admit there may be more to it you don't know, or go ahead and start campaigning for a Council of Scientists to Rule the World. I'm pretty sure some have already started.