But do they have genocides? Are they capable of that level of cruelty, or is that a particularly human thing? And if it's human, what has our intellect given us that hasn't been more than made up for with our peculiar brand of evil?
Perhaps Rousseau was right - our society, the very things that make us human, is only a breeding ground for inequality, brutality, and evil. We'd all be better off if we lived like gorillas. Or something.
Dolphins are the only other animals that have recreational sex. I think they "murder" and "rape" too. (Or at least there's stuff like it? How would you know if a dolphin raped another dolphin? I guess you can tell if one of them is trying to swim away and fails. It seems like it would be so rare that it would be hard to catch in the act. And it also seems like you would need to. It's not like you can talk to dolphins and ask them if they had ever been raped.) Do they have serial killers? Despots? Is our desire for recreational sex at the bottom of our cruelty and violence, and not perhaps our conciousness? We have libido to repress, and it comes out in violence. Whereas other animals do not have to repress their libido, so they can live in peace. That'd be... weird. Almost biblical in the twisted sort of way that my mind works.
According to Elie Wiesel, evil is a particularly human thing. Animals aren't evil, people are. Which brings it back to what started this, which is Hitler, and genocide, and what it says about our existence, our species, that we can create something like that.
On a happier note, the Hiesenberg Uncertainty Principle is awesome for the following two reasons:
1) It states that you need to take a finite time to get an accurate measurement of energy -- that you cannot know to an arbitrary accuracy the instantaneous Energy of a particle. Hence, you can have a violation of the laws of conservation of energy so long as it only lasts a very short while. I imagine this is like God keeping an eye on some meddling kids and looking over his shoulder to make sure they aren't messing with the laws of the universe - shouting "Hey! Quit playing with conservation of energy! That's important!" The kids can get away with it if they are fast enough. (On a side note, I TOTALLY want to be one of those kids when I grow up).
2) It applies to macroscopic objects like cars and people too. So the next time you are pulled over, you can definitely say that the police officer couldn't write you a ticket because if he knew exactly how fast you were going he couldn't have known where you were. (Except for the fact that the uncertainties intrinsic in our devices more than cover the necessary uncertainty, so... except for the fact that that would be totally false.) It would be a great way to get arrested for being flip to a police officer. You should try it!
The preceding has been Elizabeth after too much studying.