Saturday, 27 February 2010

Are dolphins almost human?

Some evolutionists would like to blur the border between humans and animals. Image of a bottlenose dolphin courtesy of NASA.

Joel Kontinen

Bottlenose dolphins have bigger brains than we do. They also know how to use them creatively. Some researchers think that dolphins are almost like people. For them, keeping such prodigious creatures captive amounts to a heinous crime.

One of the hot potatoes discussed at this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science was the status of dolphins. First their skills were lauded to the skies. Then philosopher Thomas White characterised them as almost ”nonhuman persons."

Not all participants were willing to subscribe to White’s view, however. Jacopo Annese, a neuroanatomist at the University of California, San Diego, says of the purported superb intelligence of dolphins, "It's a pretty story, but it's very speculative."

Evolutionists have often attempted to blur the border between humans and animals. Two years ago they tried to get human rights for a chimpanzee in Austria and partial rights for great apes in Spain.

Darwinism seems to be lurking in the shadows. It will allow us to trample on human rights but will conspicuously defend the rights of animals.


Grimm, David. 2010. Is a Dolphin a Person? Science NOW (21 February)