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... science author Daniel Gilbert completes that sentence with "The human being is the only animal that thinks about the future." He makes a distinction (arguably) between how a human thinks of or plans for the future, and a squirrel burying nuts that it will dig up later, claiming that the squirrel is running the food burying program in response to decreased daily light exposure. He says "Until a chimp weeps at the thought of growing old alone, or smiles as it contemplates summer vacation, or turns down a Fudgsicle because it already looks too fat in shorts, I will stand by my version of The Sentence." I'm not sure I entirely agree and suspect one could find exceptions, but it's an interesting argument.