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What makes us human?

Updated Monday, 26th January 2015

Four thinkers explore what makes us human with these animations. 

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One way we differ from other animals is that we can pass on our culture, our knowledge, our skills, not just in face to face interactions, but across generations to strangers we’ve never met, even those living long after we have died. Karl Marx believed that work, at its best, is what makes us human: it fulfils our ‘species essence’ as he put it: work allows us to live, to be creative, to flourish. What about language? Other animals communicate, but they don’t have anything approaching the sophisticated grammar of human languages. The last animation explores how the same person over time may become something different.



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