"...a few centuries of coherent humanist thought, set against a million odd years of evolved killer ape tendency. No-one's going to give you very good odds on humanism, are they?"
In the film, replicants (android copies of human beings) are given the Voight-Kampff empathy test; this distinguishes them from human beings.
Read more information about the test at the entry for Voight-Kampff Empathy Test from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel upon which the film is based.
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