For my english class, we were asked to write a 800 word paper on "What makes us human?" Whoa, whoa, whoa! Slow down there lady! We're too young to be having existential crises.

Anyway, I wanted to ask you guys, what do you think makes us human? Philosophically I mean, not scientifically.

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There are equal amounts of bacteria in and on your body, as there are cells in your body, meaning that you are not just your cells, you are an amalgamate of creatures that form together to create you.

the traditional logical answer is rationality 

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But can't most animals rationalize? 

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There are equal amounts of bacteria in and on your body, as there are cells in your body, meaning that you are not just your cells, you are an amalgamate of creatures that form together to create you.

Not in the least

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I just copied this from the dictionary, it's the official definitions of rationality, and the last example is exactly what we're talking about:

 

the quality of being based on or in accordance with reason or logic: like any phobia, rationality plays only a small role.
• the quality of being able to think sensibly or logically: Scott wanted to play the character with a bit more dignity and rationality.
• the quality of being endowed with the capacity to reason: we call rationality the distinction of man, when compared with other animals.

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What? Can i have a little more than a four word explanation?

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There are equal amounts of bacteria in and on your body, as there are cells in your body, meaning that you are not just your cells, you are an amalgamate of creatures that form together to create you.

My explanation had gotten stuck in the mods so I gave the short answer as a placeholder

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Life is the greatest gift. You've all helped shape mine. I can never thank you all enough. It's been so good

 

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The constant hunger for conquest. The need to ruin nature. The need to make this post.

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bold of you to assume that they're humans around

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"Human" is too broad of a term. If being human is based off of emotions and intelligence, and we, someday, make an AI that is indistinguishable from us, does that make it human?

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The curiosity of who we are, why we exist, and our ability to judge what we believe is right and wrong. Our ability to care, learn, adapt, and judge makes us humans, in my opinions.

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our complete inability to not mess everything up, including but not limited to: life, death, the environment, animals, music, chocolate (bc white chocolate is for heathens), opinions, self-defense, tv, movies, art, and much more

 

also rationality? CLOSE THE (bloopbleep) DOOR

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people come into our lives for a reason

bringing something we must learn

we are led to those who help us most to grow

we help them in return

i don't know if i believe that's true

but i know i'm who i am today

because i knew you

That's what i find so interesting about this topic, there is no right answer that we know of, our definitions of conciousness, humanity, and even the soul, can differ exponentially.

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There are equal amounts of bacteria in and on your body, as there are cells in your body, meaning that you are not just your cells, you are an amalgamate of creatures that form together to create you.

opposable thumbs

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here’s a question to answer your question. How different are we really from animals? We evolve to adapt to our surroundings like anything else. We strive to spread as far as we are capable of just like everything else. We grow, we breed, we die just like any other creature. If we are unable to adapt to our surroundings, we adapt our surroundings to us like any animal would. We explore to learn more about our world so we can maybe get a little more control over it. The only difference is that we got a genetic defect at some point that made our jaws smaller. That allowed our brains to grow bigger, which enabled it to have more thought. Really it’s just that we are defected that defines us above all others.

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What some call sands of time, I call the ashes of age.

Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.

Our morality, our rationality, our ability to think logically rather than on the level that most animals do (survival of the fittest). Our unique ability to create and destroy, our innovation, and our adaptability. Our emotions play a part too - our ability to feel on a broader spectrum than most animals separates us from them. Our ability to communicate with eachother, despite living across the world making different sounds with our throats. Our ability to question and reason, and the ability to test these. 

 

Typically, when a  robot creates, its work is designed based on collective data. Its ability to function is based off of human capabilities, thus making them similar to us, though not quite. Robots, unless they are extremely evolved, do not have our unique abilities to create or feel. A robot writing a book would be different from a human - a robot's range of emotions differs and is severely limited. As of now and the near future, robots will not be able to feel empathy, anguish, grief, or happiness like we do.

 

Animals can exhibit these traits as well, but not to the degree humans can. We're more developed. We've evolved differently from them. Where we were once they prey, we are the hunter. 

 

 

 

We've adapted to be the superior life form on this planet as of today. Humans are weak - without our minds, we would not make it in this world. We are not as strong as gorillas, or as spindly and athletic as monkeys. Most of us just aren't. But our adaptability to our environments has helped us survive - our evolved minds have allowed us to live, well, everywhere. Sure, humans create and destroy. But this isn't a moral issue - humans are the superior life form. I don't see lions teaching in universities, or wolves running nurseries. Monkies are close, as are dogs that have been domesticated from centuries of breeding and close contact to humans. The truth is, very few animal species can match our wit. While we may sometimes seem dumb, we aren't. Do you think animals really care about climate change? They're affected too, so why aren't they protesting? Probably because the only thought on their minds is their next meal.

 

Animals have a long way to go before they can match us. In terms of intellect. Our minds are what set us apart from other animals in the kingdom.

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This thread is both deep and silly at the same time
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That right there is a perfect explanation.

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"I'm not the one who's lost with no direction, but you'll never see."Thanks for the memories, everyone. I'll miss you all.

 

Our never-ending curiosity and need to be the best, our lack of complacency

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I feel like my explanation and Talon’s are pretty much the same thing.

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Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.