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Old July 1 2013, 11:36 PM   #1
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What makes us human???

What makes us uniquely human? Why are we able to dominate the planet? Is it reason? language? art? science?
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Old July 1 2013, 11:39 PM   #2
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Re: What makes us human???

being human makes us human
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Old July 1 2013, 11:51 PM   #3
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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.
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Old July 1 2013, 11:59 PM   #4
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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.

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Old July 2 2013, 12:04 AM   #5
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Re: What makes us human???

Humanity makes us human. Uniqueness makes us unique.
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Old July 2 2013, 12:21 AM   #6
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Re: What makes us human???

Or a European hare.
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Old July 2 2013, 01:22 AM   #7
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Re: What makes us human???

We're the only animal species that has porn.
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Old July 2 2013, 01:39 AM   #8
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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.
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Old July 2 2013, 01:43 AM   #9
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We're the only animal species that has porn.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...icle-1.1239610
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Old July 2 2013, 01:49 AM   #10
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Abstract thinking.
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Old July 2 2013, 01:50 AM   #11
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Abstract thinking.
Disputable, it seems.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...nthinking.html
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Old July 2 2013, 02:39 AM   #12
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Re: What makes us human???

Vinyl albums by Gordon Lightfoot.
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Old July 2 2013, 02:48 AM   #13
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Re: What makes us human???

Asking this question makes us human.
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Old July 2 2013, 02:53 AM   #14
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Old July 2 2013, 09:58 AM   #15
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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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