For some, it is obvious that we are not the same as animals. But is it just our ability to imagine and create stories about there being a difference that separates us? Or is there something more tangible?
Nothing separates humans from animals
Humans are the same as other animals, they are just more intelligent as a result of evolution.
Animals and humans share many important attributes
In regard to physicality, behavior, and emotions, mankind is not distinct from the rest of the animal kingdom. On the contrary, we share many of the things that "make us human," from our social inclinations to our mental capacities, with animals.
The human mind can perform functions that other species cannot, which differentiates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Particularly, our ability to follow multi-step processes, create our own tools, and self-consciously reflect on our actions are unique. These abilities give us an edge over the rest of the animal kingdom.
While most animal behavior is instinctual, much of human behavior is learned. Our methods of skill transmission allow for information to be passed down from generation to generation, letting our species retain inventions and ideas. In other words, our ability to learn new information separates us from animals.