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Hey pit.

I was wondering what do you think are the things that make a being a human.
Is it the way that it was created, e.g. regular insemination and birth or perhaps cloning?
Or is it the biological meaning of a species, a population of subjects that can reproduce and have fertile descendants? (Not concerning otherwise healthy people infertile because of medical problems, but only the ones who have been mutated during fertilisation and have, let's say 47 cromosomes (Down's syndrome))

Is a cloned person less human than a human born the ordinary way?
Is a mutated person less human than a healthy person?
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Opposable thumbs, hard nail present on the hallux, Certain configuration of the occlusal surface of the teeth, fusion of the mandibular symphysis, some other things as well.
#7
A cloned human is a human. The only time when humanity is debatable is when there's something like an android that can perfectly imitate human beings' brains.
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Is a cloned person less human than a human born the ordinary way?
Is a mutated person less human than a healthy person?


If they're a clone then of course they're human...
Everyone is mutated.
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If they're a clone then of course they're human...
Everyone is mutated.

Perhaps I should emphasize that I had greater mutations in mind, different number of chromosomes mostly. Mutations that make a being unable to have fertile descendants with another human.
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How to find out whether a living being is human or not, in terms that guitar players can understand:

Ask said being "Do you like heavy metal?"
If said being responds with "yes," "no," "I have no strong feelings one way or the other," "what is this 'heavy metal' of which you speak?" or similar, chances are, they are human.
If said being responds with "woof," "meow," similar sounds, or by flinging poop at you, chances are they are not human.
There are some exceptions, but for the most part that covers what is human and what isn't.
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Empathy, compassion, love, sacrifice, courage, wisdom, loyalty.

Too bad dogs are more human than us.
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#18
The ability to fly to the moon using 400 year old science. That's my definition of human.
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#21
Dumb, ignorant, ugly, fat, self-centered, bitchy...that's about all you need to be a human.
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A conscience.
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#25
The ability to parallel park.
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#27
The clothes they wear.
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Except clones


I did realise that issue, although cans of worms are best untouched.
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#30
Sapience. It's our defining feature.
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Sapience. It's our defining feature.

But let's say that someone would be so mentally handicapped that one wouldn't even be aware of oneself.
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But let's say that someone would be so mentally handicapped that one wouldn't even be aware of oneself.


Then would they actually experience all the defining features of humanity?
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#35
Any living or extinct species within the genus Homo?
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Then would they actually experience all the defining features of humanity?

Certainly not, I was just wondering if you would still call them human?
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Any living or extinct species within the genus Homo?

I had in mind the modern human, homo sapiens sapiens. In this case, according to the Genetics paragraph of this, human species have 46 chromosomes.
Would you call a mule a horse or a donkey? Mules have 63 chromosomes, a mixture of the horse's 64 and the donkey's 62. Would you call a being that was produced by two humans a human if one had perhaps 47 or 45 chromosomes instead of 46?
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Certainly not, I was just wondering if you would still call them human?


In a sense yes, in others, no. A chimpanzee is more like me (in terms of behaviour) than someone with severe mental disabilities may be. I don't see how genetics would be relevant in that case.
But in a genetic sense, they plainly are.
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I had in mind the modern human, homo sapiens sapiens. In this case, according to the Genetics paragraph of this, human species have 46 chromosomes.
Would you call a mule a horse or a donkey? Mules have 63 chromosomes, a mixture of the horse's 64 and the donkey's 62. Would you call a being that was produced by two humans a human if one had perhaps 47 or 45 chromosomes instead of 46?


All members of the genus homo are thought to have 46 chromosomes, chromosome count is not an appropriate way of differentiating species.

Also, Neanderthals, Denisovans, and Modern humans interbred and produced fertile offspring. Would you still call us modern humans or something else?, because everyone in the world save for those of sub-Saharan African descent owes part of their genetic inheritance to one or both of those different species.

I was just making a general statement because of the difficulty in setting rigid species guidelines... I also said that because the word "human" comes from our latin genus name, therefore applying to all living or deceased members of it.
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