Just wrote a hub on Deus Ex, and it really got me thinking. At what point does someone stop being human? Technology is progressing rather quickly, and things like robotic limbs and augmented mental states seem to be close to reality. So, my question to everyone is this: does changing the human form with augmentations strip humanity from the person? What constitutes humanity as well?
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Great concept, I agree that touch is essential to humanity, as is the rest of our senses. I wonder how people who have lost the ability to feel (through nerve damage/genetic damage), if they feel that they are less human than us?
There is also the realm of virtual reality that I would suggest lessens the current concept of being human. Certainly makes you wonder what Real is.
But what about people who are mentally ill or comatose - they are still human.
Interesting idea. I think that being mentally ill or comatose also blurs the line of humanity. After all, a person in a coma is essentially an object, incapable of love/fear/etc.
That is a good point, but I have to agree with GamingCowboy. It's the same as with an unborn baby before the brain is formed. I believe it's different for the mentally ill however. Who is to say they don't have dreams?
Good idea, I also think that humanity and human emotion go hand in hand. Something to think about though: Would a person who is placed in a robotic shell, but with a functioning human brain, would he be considered human?
I do believe that as long as we have thoughts, it is still human. But guess it will be rather hard to have a complete replacement except the brain. Who's knows that the future can make this happen.
How would you define parapeligics? They lack freedom of movement, so are they non-human? What about people suffering from Alzheimer's? They suffer from lack of knowledge/voluntary retention of memory.
Ah, so your definition of humanity hinges on the emotional/rational part of the human mind. What about if someone replaces their body parts with robotic parts? Could you look at them and still claim they are human?
I did not say that I believe a person has to have emotion or be rational to be human; I said the absence of brain waves makes a person no longer a human, and yes, robotic parts do not make a person non-human.
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