The Beasts Within


Humans are animals, Kingdom Animalia, the upright ape, but in our understanding of ourselves we don’t like to lean in to our animality so we lean away, skeeved, from “ape,” and toward a moral universe of “uprightness,” “tool use,” and “dominion.” We like to talk about machine learning. We don’t like to talk too much about our odor.

Our awareness of animals is limited, partial. Yes, they “share our world.” They are “our brothers.” But then we stop considering them. Animals are either the crow, the octopus, the elephant—otherworldly and possessing of uncanny intelligence and emotional range, fit for long-form think…


Source: The Beasts Within