Originally Posted by Ariakas
Simply put, we have cognitive and reasoning ability that can over shadow pure instinct.
While we follow similar patterns to animals I don't like to think of these things as an inability to choose.
I agree that it's not correct to lump all animals, including the human animal, together in one big fuzzy lump. We do and can choose. But much of what we feel, our impulses, are rooted in biology -- and deeper than thought, belief, and choosing. How we behave in relation to those impulses and feelings is variable.
Anyway, I think that article sorta lets a lot of us off the hook, so to speak. We are as we are not because we're BAAAAD, but 'cause we're ... well, human.