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What Does It Mean to Be Human?
Posted 11/19/15
This may seem like a rather stupid question, but I'm curious. I would like to know YOUR definition of what it means. What really separates us from other living things.

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Posted 11/19/15 , edited 12/17/15
The general consensus: emotions. My opinion: idiocy. You just don't see other living things bitching and crying about everything that exists.
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Posted 11/19/15
being self-aware and have emotions
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Posted 11/19/15
Humans are just animals, like all other species. What separates us? Our DNA sequence.

Dogs feel pain, cats feel emotion, dolphins commit suicide from depression, horses feel joy, cardinals feel love and sorrow when they loose a loved ones lives, cardinals also mate for life. Monkeys are intelligent and know how to use tools. There are many more examples, but looking at different species, there is nothing that separates us completely unless you are religious... in which the answer will be "the soul".
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namealreadytaken wrote:

being self-aware and have emotions


Humans are not unique in either of those capacities. It's already been proven that several species are self- aware and emotional strength can be monitored via brain-computer interface in both humans and animals.

The problem with defining human is, every time we try, something else is found that meets the definition.
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Posted 11/19/15
The ability to over think and complicate life.

I don't see any other animals forming governing bodies to create laws, ethics, society etc... Pretty sure cats are not concerned by religion, dogs don't worry about the meaning of life, birds don't panic because they are not eating a balanced diet and hamsters do not wake up concerned about global warming and the effectiveness of the Kyoto protocol. I'm almost certain horses do not philosophise in their spare time either to come up with silly mantras to give meaning to their lives. Of course, I could be wrong.
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Posted 11/19/15
Inquisition.

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Posted 11/19/15
And thumbs, of course.

To be human is to have an opposable thumb for handling tools of work and building, and if you do not have one, you are either of a lower mammal species, or from the planet Twylo.
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Posted 11/19/15

Dariamus wrote:


namealreadytaken wrote:

being self-aware and have emotions


Humans are not unique in either of those capacities. It's already been proven that several species are self- aware and emotional strength can be monitored via brain-computer interface in both humans and animals.

The problem with defining human is, every time we try, something else is found that meets the definition.


ok, let me try again. a human is a living being capable of reasoning about the purpose of their own being, rather than just being self-ware.
other animals can be very intelligent, but there's no evidence suggesting that they are able to question their own existence the same way as humans do.
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Posted 11/19/15
I guess being yourself is what it means to be human.
Posted 11/19/15

Nyanotic wrote:

The general consensus: emotions. My opinion: idiocy. You just don't see other living things bitching and crying about everything that exists.


Even animals have emotions. If anything, the combination of logic and emotion is what makes us human.
Posted 11/19/15
Being one of the human species. In terms of anything outside of that, such as conscience, it is nothing but a notion. Your DNA makes you human and humans come in many forms. Whether you are blind, crippled or crazy, you represent dollar signs to the correctional facilities.

Don't break the law.
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Posted 11/19/15
What being a human means?

1905: Being a prosperous and loving family.

1924: Being a less prosperous and less loving family.

1960's: Being a loving and prosperous family again.

1970's: Being a narcissist.

1980's: Being even more of a narcissist.

1990's: Being as post modern as possible.

2004-2008: Being scum.

2009-2015 Rise of the Mangina: Being able to join the many other humans running off a cliff and killing themselves.

Alt 2000-2015: Trying to regain wisdom, knowledge and compassion from a time long ago.

I'm in the alternative timeline.
Posted 11/19/15

Magical-Soul wrote:

What being a human means?

1905: Being a prosperous and loving family.

1924: Being a less prosperous and less loving family.

1960's: Being a loving and prosperous family again.

1970's: Being a narcissist.

1980's: Being even more of a narcissist.

1990's: Being as post modern as possible.

2004-2008: Being scum.

2009-2015 Rise of the Mangina: Being able to join the many other humans running off a cliff and killing themselves.

Alt 2000-2015: Trying to regain wisdom, knowledge and compassion from a time long ago.

I'm in the alternative timeline.


I think that's what's considered cool rather than human.
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Posted 11/19/15

haikinka wrote:


Nyanotic wrote:

The general consensus: emotions. My opinion: idiocy. You just don't see other living things bitching and crying about everything that exists.


Even animals have emotions. If anything, the combination of logic and emotion is what makes us human.


I meant the complex range of emotions that compel humans to act the way they do. Animals feel fear, the need to reproduce, the need to protect their young, and that's about it; not much room for pointless stupidity.

I also said 'living things' and not just 'animals'; that includes plants and bacteria as well, both of which probably don't feel emotions.

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