That’s how I read that. I was like "scorpions aren’t emo "
Also, Algernon, you fail at evolution. Monkeys aren’t going anywhere >_>
They’ve stopped evolving.
As for dolphins, those of course remain more of a mystery, but dolphins aren’t capable of civilization, just physically. They can carry sponges in their mouths, but that’s about it. What’s more, they’re underwater, where fire is impossible, and without fire, civilization isn’t going anywhere. Also, “omg we pollute” is the lamest excuse ever. We’ve only been alive a million years, and only been polluting, at least to any extent that anyone cares about, for a couple hundred of those years.
As for your emotion dealie, that may be true, but it also may not be true. For instance, the difference could be the same as the difference between gazelle vision and human vision. Gazelles don’t see, not in the sense that you and I would use the word. Humans can observe what happens around them, and make judgments based on that. Gazelles can only see threats, and food, and such. That’s why they’re so much faster to react to things; their conscience doesn’t have to screen everything they see. They’re just automatons.
In the same way, humans might say “My brother died.” Then they start feeling sad. A Dog will simply realize the fact, and instantly mourn. The dog does not actually recognize that its brother died, it just reacts to it. Of course, this isn’t necessarily true, but it is an alternate hypothesis, so it makes no sense to say with definitiveness that humans are similar to animals.
I think you were trying to disprove just this with your instinct point, though, so I’ll cover that as well.
Animals have caretakers. Whether it be a mom, dad, sibling, or random person (an owner =o) Evolution dictates that you try and further your own genes. Therefore, you will want to please your caretaker. This becomes even more obvious with domestic animals, as a dog that doesn’t bond with its owner will simply be kicked out, shot, or fed to some animal or another (maybe a dog that gets along with the owner).
It’s a huge advantage to be friendly with the hand that feeds you, so it’s easily possible that the instinct developed.