The Smartest Creatures on Earth

The difference between you and Chewbacca: Are humans the brainiest creatures on the planet? Here's what separates us from other animals.

Our Big Brains

By Thomas Suddendorf Ph.D.

Are humans the brainiest creatures on the planet?

Things with Minds

By Dale Peterson Ph.D.

What do we think when we talk about animals?

Can an Animal Be a "Slave"?

By Dale Peterson Ph.D.

Are animals protected by the 13th amendment prohibiting slavery?

How Did We Become So Unique?

By Thomas Suddendorf Ph.D.

Humans once shared this planet with other smart hominins.

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