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At what point does someone stop being human?


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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    GamingCowboy 4 years ago

    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?


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    Dubuquedogtrainer 5 years ago

    But what about people who are mentally ill or comatose - they are still human.


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    GamingCowboy 5 years ago

    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?


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    GamingCowboy 5 years ago

    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.

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    GamingCowboy 5 years ago

    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?


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