Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Talk and Build a Fire

In the Little Fuzzy novels, the rule of thumb is that anything which talks and builds a fire is a person, therefore possesses rights such as the right to life and to territory.

I was fascinated to discover that Kanzi, a bonobo, can build a fire and cook food.  (I already knew about his communication skills.  He uses a set of icons, rather fluently.)  Some related articles include "Speaking Bonobo" and "Kanzi the Bonobo Can Start a Fire."  I think that fire, along with language, is one of the fundamental distinctions of human behavior, and a major sign of sentience.
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