What makes us different than other mammals?
Maybe it is our knowledge of our mortality and of our ability to choose to procreate.
Of course a mammal is aware that if it zags when it should of zigged it could wind up as dinner for a hungry predator. But I don’t think that they know that they are doomed to eventually die regardless of their evasion skills. Also, do mammals actually understand that when they have sex that it will result in producing offspring?
Gorillas and lions in the wild, for example, know that they should kill the babies when they take over the group, so that they can sire their own offspring. Is this knowledge of procreation or just a hate of unfamiliar offspring? I think it is the latter.
So, what does this mean if this is right?
Well, our knowledge of procreation and morality is not by instinct but of our general knowledge. for example my mum and dad thought she was pregnant at 21 and went to see the doctor. The only problem was that she hadn’t even had sex yet!
Her lack of knowledge of sex did not make her much different than any other mammal, I think. But to claim that a gorilla or lion knows that they can procreate through sex would be making them smarter than my mum and dad. possible but unlikely.
So maybe the only reason that we have sex is out of desire and gratification. And that generally we are no different than other mammals, being driven by our desires only. We then have a choice to use the knowledge bank that we can draw upon to inform us of our mortality and potential to procreate.
Some use this knowledge more than others. In other words some of us choose to remain more mammalian while others choose to dip into this knowledge reservoir. I guess we are all different in this way.