For thousands of years, humans have pondered what we are and what makes us so different from other animals. For some, we have a soul; for others, we have free will.
Animals and Us - How We See Animals
Your pet is animal, the hamburger you eat is animal, but how about you? Are you animal? Our image of what an animal is has changed over time and with that our relationship with other species, but what defines how we see animals? And do we see ourselves as a part of the animal world? In this series zoöarcheologist Canan Çakirlar will discuss how archeology helps us reconsider our relationship with animals. Media scientist Maarten Reesink explains how Disney films, commercials and documentaries conceptualise our image of animals, and author and philosopher Melanie Challenger shares her insight into what it means to be human and argues that there is a profound struggle with being animal at the very heart of our existence.
The Master of Animals is a common icon in Antiquity.
Images of animals are omnipresent in our everyday culture.