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HaventGotALife July 1 2013 11:36 PM

What makes us human???
 
What makes us uniquely human? Why are we able to dominate the planet? Is it reason? language? art? science?

Wintertainment July 1 2013 11:39 PM

Re: What makes us human???
 
being human makes us human

Gov Kodos July 1 2013 11:51 PM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Uniquely human, unique from animals? Not much, really. How'd we dominate the planet? Agriculture, everything else has been how to deal with the resultant population boom.

Miss Chicken July 1 2013 11:59 PM

Re: What makes us human???
 
I think our language skills combined with having opposable thumbs and the ability to stand on two legs is what makes us unique. With these traits we are able to pass on information, manipulate tools and hunt very effeciently which eventually lead us to argiculture and the domestication of suitable animals.

iguana_tonante July 2 2013 12:04 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Humanity makes us human. Uniqueness makes us unique.

Gov Kodos July 2 2013 12:21 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Or a European hare.

Olive, the Other Reindeer July 2 2013 01:22 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
We're the only animal species that has porn.

Santa Claus July 2 2013 01:39 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
It's a good question. There are lots of answers. Aside from our DNA, I think what makes us uniquely human is our self aware nature. We have a concept of our selves from a position of the Other. We have the ability to rise above our basic, animal instincts, and perceive things in the abstract.

Gov Kodos July 2 2013 01:43 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Quote:

scotpens wrote: (Post 8323921)
We're the only animal species that has porn.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...icle-1.1239610

Draculasaurus July 2 2013 01:49 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Abstract thinking.

Gov Kodos July 2 2013 01:50 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Quote:

Draculasaurus wrote: (Post 8324041)
Abstract thinking.

Disputable, it seems.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...nthinking.html

SantaEddie74 July 2 2013 02:39 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Vinyl albums by Gordon Lightfoot.

teacake July 2 2013 02:48 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Asking this question makes us human.

Gov Kodos July 2 2013 02:53 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
Quote:

cooleddie74 wrote: (Post 8324224)
Vinyl albums by Gordon Lightfoot.

Vomit rock, maybe vomit rock.

RJDonner&Blitzen July 2 2013 09:58 AM

Re: What makes us human???
 
It's essentially the Arts & Sciences that makes us Human. This is a broad description, of course, and it's debatable which aspects of the Arts & Sciences are the most important in making us what we are-- and how a different emphasis would have changed the way civilization developed.

The physical capacity for complex language and the ability to create and use tools with our opposable thumbs is also vital in building a civilization-- it's very likely the ability to put our thoughts to use in the real world created a feedback loop that encouraged the evolution of our brains. But other species have these abilities, too, as well as traits that could be considered rudimentary versions of the Arts & Sciences, however Humanity has a perfect storm of mental and physical abilities that brought us from being just another transient component of the ecology and turned us into philosophers and scientists (although some of us are certainly dragging their feet in that regard).


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