What if we were to stand outside the ideas we have about ourselves and just look at some of our evolutionary relatives? What could we see about ourselves?
The beautiful pilot whale, for example, (like those recently struggling on the beaches of the Outer Hebrides.)
Like us, they are individually highly intelligent (and, Pat, yes, playful)
Like us they are highly social – "entangled in each other" as David Brooks put it last week at the RSA.
And just like us, it's these social skills which are a large part of their success as a species.
And – as in humans – can lead to widespread disaster for particular populations (the "spy-bobbing" observed off Uist is not that different from human crowd panics such as described by our old friend, Dirk Helbing).
Not that special now, are we?