Originally Posted by yossarian
But animals have emotions too...
Emotions are what makes us animals.
Reason is what makes us human.
(OK I was just being poetic. In truth some animals have been shown to reason as well. So reason makes us animals. But our large prefrontal cortex that allows complex forms of reason truly is unique! Our uniquely large prefrontal cortex makes us human!)
This is like Platon, with the addition of contemporary science.