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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince


Are Humans Uniquely Unique?

July 15th, 2014

Episode 102 of 145 episodes

Are humans uniquely unique? Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined on stage by human and non-human ape experts Keith Jensen, Katie Slocombe and Ross Noble to ask whether humans are truly unique amongst animal species. They'll be looking at why studying our nearest relative, the chimpanzee, could reveal clues as to how humans evolved some of the traits that make us stand out, such as language, culture and truly altruistic cooperation, or whether these are traits that are now being uncovered in our primate cousins. They'll also be revealing why a chimpanzee could be classified as far more rational than its human counterpart.

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