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What makes us human?

Charles Darwin brought us the concepts of survival of the fittest and natural selection. Anthropologists for decades argued what made us "human" was tool-making. Now that we know that Chimpanzees make tools some other definition is necessary.

Where survival of the fittest for humanity is concerned, it is far more about creating paradigm shifts that moves the collective mass of humanity forward, then genetic material. Do we really care about the blood line of Artistotle or his ideas?

Evolution for humanity is more about mental and spiritual evolution than evolution of our physical bodies.

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  • Feb 1 2012: I can give you reasons why we can't define what it means to be human. If you can define it, and translate it to language, you can also translate to algorithms, which are then computable. If you define "human" then the computer can become human by definition. This would apply to "God" or "Holy Spirit", or all such processes which we try to attach to human qualities. "Human" seems to have no limits. If you offer a definition, then along comes another, and another, ad infinitum. It would appear that the fact we can't define humanity but are deeply desiring to know, is what makes us human.

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