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What makes us human?
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the fact that we are smarter than all the other animals, and not perfect.
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What do you mean exactly with ' What makes us human?'.
Do you mean physically? Like what makes us different from other primates?
or do you mean how to act human. questions like: what is a humane thing to do?

besides the word 'human' is created by human, it is just a name we gave to ourselfs. therefor you don't have to do anything to be a human.
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looks like you all fail
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it's an agreement without words
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I think a better question would be "Why human?". We are what we are, call it what you will.
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I look at humanity from a theological perspective, we are created in the image of God and that is what makes us human.
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We're pink monkeys that are winning the evolution race so bad that we forgot about it and look at ourselves as some special gift from the universe.
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Well, you see, when a male human reproduces with a female human, the sperm goes to the egg and begins sharing the chromosomes and genetic outline of those two particular humans. Then, the process of the genetic outline and cellular structure begins. In other words. DNA.
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"Trish, Devils never cry"
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Syndicaidramon wrote:


pathwaytobliss wrote:

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Free will isn't really real, though. Every decision you make is a product of the way that your brain responds to external stimuli, run through a filter of past experiences.
The way your individual brain functions is what decides the outcome of every thought and every impulse you have. And you can't control how your brain functions.





What the hell are you smokin'?
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onibrotonel wrote:


Syndicaidramon wrote:


pathwaytobliss wrote:

freewill ~


Free will isn't really real, though. Every decision you make is a product of the way that your brain responds to external stimuli, run through a filter of past experiences.
The way your individual brain functions is what decides the outcome of every thought and every impulse you have. And you can't control how your brain functions.





What the hell are you smokin'?


Nothing. Why are you asking? Is what I'm saying not true?
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Syndicaidramon wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:


Syndicaidramon wrote:


pathwaytobliss wrote:

freewill ~


Free will isn't really real, though. Every decision you make is a product of the way that your brain responds to external stimuli, run through a filter of past experiences.
The way your individual brain functions is what decides the outcome of every thought and every impulse you have. And you can't control how your brain functions.





What the hell are you smokin'?


Nothing. Why are you asking? Is what I'm saying not true?


It just bugled me when you stated "run through filter of past experiences."

What happens if a response from an external stimuli doesn't correlate through a filter of past experiences? What happens if there's no past experiences at all?

Will you just foam on your mouth and drop dead? Like forcing a calculator to error by dividing by zero.

It's like a person who only knows black and white then you introduce gray, and that person's brain snaps. Chapter black.
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What happens if a response from an external stimuli doesn't correlate through a filter of past experiences? What happens if there's no past experiences at all?

Will you just foam on your mouth and drop dead? Like forcing a calculator to error by dividing by zero.

It's like a person who only knows black and white then you introduce gray, and that person's brain snaps. Chapter black.


Well my comment was mostly regarding things that require more than kneejerk responses. You know, things that will require you to actually think about them. To which there will usually be some sort of filter for them to run through, no matter how little. However, the lack of filter will most often, due to human nature, result in curiosity. As we can see with toddlers and children who lack the stronger filter of adults.
And that filter gets stronger the more experience one builds up. Which is why an adult is far less likely to believe in bullshit than children are. Because they've gained more knowledge and experience for which to filter their new external stimuli through.

It's a little hard to explain, but basicly, unless you have 100% control of all your thoughts, desires and impulses, then you have to agree that you don't have some sort of spiritual agent (free will) that chooses every thought before you think it. And if you are not in 100% control, then the concept of free will is moot, since that would mean that your thoughts are not the product of some agent that picks and chooses all your thoughts and desires, but rather by the way that your individual brain works and how it works as well as your past experiences and the preferences and biases that have been built up through your past experience.

Of course, we all still feel like we have free will. But that free will is nothing more than an illusion. Because there is not some spiritual agent that decides all our thoughts. It's all just brain function, past experiences, and maybe a little bit of chance.
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Syndicaidramon wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:


What happens if a response from an external stimuli doesn't correlate through a filter of past experiences? What happens if there's no past experiences at all?

Will you just foam on your mouth and drop dead? Like forcing a calculator to error by dividing by zero.

It's like a person who only knows black and white then you introduce gray, and that person's brain snaps. Chapter black.


Well my comment was mostly regarding things that require more than kneejerk responses. You know, things that will require you to actually think about them. To which there will usually be some sort of filter for them to run through, no matter how little. However, the lack of filter will most often, due to human nature, result in curiosity. As we can see with toddlers and children who lack the stronger filter of adults.
And that filter gets stronger the more experience one builds up. Which is why an adult is far less likely to believe in bullshit than children are. Because they've gained more knowledge and experience for which to filter their new external stimuli through.

It's a little hard to explain, but basicly, unless you have 100% control of all your thoughts, desires and impulses, then you have to agree that you don't have some sort of spiritual agent (free will) that chooses every thought before you think it. And if you are not in 100% control, then the concept of free will is moot, since that would mean that your thoughts are not the product of some agent that picks and chooses all your thoughts and desires, but rather by the way that your individual brain works and how it works as well as your past experiences and the preferences and biases that have been built up through your past experience.

Of course, we all still feel like we have free will. But that free will is nothing more than an illusion. Because there is not some spiritual agent that decides all our thoughts. It's all just brain function, past experiences, and maybe a little bit of chance.

Is it our own choice to whether to use or not use past experiences?
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
Even though you experience it, it doesn't mean you understand it. Or even actually apply it on another occasions.

We have things like regret, reminisce, denial, etc.
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onibrotonel wrote:



Is it our own choice to whether to use or not use past experiences?
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
Even though you experience it, it doesn't mean you understand it. Or even actually apply it on another occasions.

We have things like regret, reminisce, denial, etc.


Yes. We have things like regret, reminisce and denial. So what? Those are all products of the way our brain works. That's why you DON'T see those things within people whose brains are malfunctioning. Like with psychopaths for instance, who do not show things like regret, empathy or sympathy. Because their brains are unable to do so. It's all a matter of how our brains individuall work.

And no, it's not my choice to whether or not filter new input through past experiences. It's inevitable. You'd have to reset your brain in order to do that.
If I had that kind of power, I'd just wish away my ADD. But I can't. Because I cannot decide by will how my brain functions.
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