October 27th, 2018 11:10 AM
WHO IS AND ISN’T HUMAN?
—“Curt, Who isn’t currently human?”—Joel Harvey
[I]s the line of demarcation between human and animal:
2) Sentience? (Reaction to stimuli)
3) Awareness? (Sympathy-intent/Empathy-experience/Imitation-action)
5) Reason? (Agency)
As far as I know, it is reason and agency which separates us from the animals.
That means very few of us are yet human. The rest are in different stages of domesticated animal.
And I suspect that number (percentage) corresponds to the pareto minimum.
Our process of self domestication is far from complete. It is merely sufficient for west and to a lesser degree, east, to drag mankind out of ignorance, superstition, hard labor, filth, poverty, starvation, disease, plagues, suffering, child mortality, early death, continuous violence, and the vicissitudes of nature.
|HUMAN| The gods we aspire to be < Trained Humans < untrained humans < trained animals < untrained animals < untrainable animals.
We domesticated plants, those animals we could domesticate, and those humans we could domesticate.
We just left the job unfinished.