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What makes us human?

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asked Jan 31, 2015 in Science by whizkid (66,600 points)
I'm doing a report on what makes us human? Some people say we are just biological machines. We now know about DNA and how a person can develop from a single cell just by following the programming code. There is a project now to even map an entire brain, just like we did for the genetic code. so we will be able to replicate a person soon down to every molecule and connection from scratch. Would that machine become alive? If not, why not, since all the molecules and connections would be the same. What makes us alive and aware we are alive. Do animals, like bugs, know they are alive? If not, what makes us different?


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answered Feb 20, 2015 by #Anime Lover! (8,060 points)
What makes us human? What, would you rather be a demon?
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answered Feb 20, 2015 by Cupcake007
our mistakes are what make us human.
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answered Feb 2, 2015 by zippy (22,580 points)
Animals are definitely alive and feel just like us. The may be less aware of things around them, but we are not aware of most things either, like radio waves traveling around, but it does not make us any less alive.

I often wonder what would happen if you cloned a person. The clone would be alive by any measure. The big question is if that clone would know it is alive too.  There is some new research that says consciousness, or how we know we are alive, is a property of matter itself. All matter, if connected the right way and having a dense enough amount of information, like our brain, would come alive. It is as if the entire universe is all alive and just wakes up more when connected the right way. Using this concept, even a stone rock could come alive given the right conditions.

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