What Does It Mean to Be Human?

(Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, and Other Considerations)
  • Barry B. Luokkala
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

Humans are the highest form of intelligent life on Earth. But what is it that makes us distinctly human? From a purely scientific perspective, what, if anything, sets us apart from other forms of life? Are there other important considerations, apart from the natural sciences, which might be necessary, if we want a complete picture of what it means to be human? In this chapter we will explore these and other questions related to our humanness. We conclude by focusing on the question, what can we learn from an android about what it means to be human?

Keywords

Mercury Argon Ozone Titan Rubber 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry B. Luokkala
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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