What does it mean to be human?

What does it mean to be human?

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Kathleen Smythe
Kathleen Smythe

Chair and Professor, History Department…

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What does it mean to be human?

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How we see ourselves is the foundation for our values, our choices, our relationships with each other, and our relationship with the rest of nature. Here, we offer a space for those who wish to take on a serious challenge: to critically examine the assumptions of ourselves and others regarding what it means to be human. Our contributors share their insights; we invite you to share your own.

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– Reader Responses –


Corinna McPherson
- Brisbane, Australia


Daniel Hoffeditz
- Rock Island, Illinois

58 years

Steven Wayne Riebe
- Australia