EDST 391: H. sapiens: What does it mean to be “human”?


Assignment for Day 7

Finish Day 6 activity

Reading assignment

Thinking assignment

We have been asking ourselves "What makes us human?" In seeking an answer we have been comparing today's humans to other creatures, living and extinct--that is, looking back in time from today. But do we need to look forward too? Just as we evolved over a line into "human," is it possible that we might in the future cross a line out of "human"--and even try to? Perhaps it doesn't matter how we define human--or does it??

  1. Will the development of ever more sophisticated androids change the notion of what or who qualifies as "human" and who possesses the rights and responsibilities of human beings? Please explain.

In-class activity--will androids ever become "human"?