Our identifiable fingerprints are but a microcosm of a body and soul that is utterly unique, from its innards to its intuitions. Every human person is a singularity.
Humans are uniquely capable of creativity, gamesmanship, planning, abstraction, ceremony, language, and on and on. In all these respects, we far surpass what a mere animal can do. Here we gather but a sampling of the effusion of human creativity and striving. Photos from Unsplash
“In terms of what makes us human, it’s not the things that are the same, it’s the things that are different that matter.” Jonathan Marks For something light-hearted: Imaginative FictionSupposed the table’s turned,And she was in my place,Then she’d be up late typing And I’d stare off in space.I think I’d like the next day off To vegitate and doze.But I ask, dear readers, how much sense expect–It’s vagrant typing that makes a chimpanzee’s prose.(That is, before she defecates on the typewriter or throws it across the room.)
Evolutionary biologist David Barash is a man on a mission. He wants to make sure that we all know we are only human, and that means we are only animal. We share DNA, mitochondria, organelles, our very flesh with animals, and so are animals too. We might as well give up any hope of being sons of God. That story in the Bible that we were created specially is just a story according to Barash, and a dangerous one at that. I heard him give an interview on the Seattle NPR station. He has a winsome way of speaking. He makes a point of telling the story of our common evolutionary origin to his classes at the University of Washington Read More ›
Who or what are we? The materialist viewpoint is that we are matter in motion governed by our brains, a wetware operating system of three pounds of grey and white matter. Our identity is packed into our brains and if they die, so do we. There is no soul, and consciousness is an illusion. Is that what we are? From the materialist point of view our human brains are the product of evolution — an ape-like brain grown larger and more sophisticated. Physically a human brain is three times the size of a chimpanzee brain, and uses considerably more energy. Our brain represents 2 percent of our body weight but uses 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe. However, our Read More ›