Tag Archives: human

He brings his entire self to work.

I don’t begrudge this attempt; it strikes me as a human one.

Cat videos are silly.

Yet cats are relatively indifferent to cameras. The same cannot be said of humans.

No human is an island.

But every community is an island.

“All-too-human” and the “all-too-inhuman.”

These, as far as I can tell, are perfectly synonymous expressions.

Equivalent principles.

“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few,” Spock said, speaking from his Vulcan side. Had he spoken from his Human side, he would have said, “The one has decided to sacrifice himself for the many.”

A human is like a laptop.

It can be recharged only so many times.

Innovation as reversal.

The central question of “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” is not “what do androids show us about what it means to be human?” but rather “what do humans show us about what it means to be android?” This slight shift of inflection is the great accomplishment of the film.

Not so certain only we can do that.

Most charges of anthropomorphism presume too strong a separation between the human and the non-human.


Teaching a person to think is like training a dog to stand on its hind legs.

Comedian as social critic.

Before learning to take humor way too seriously, we had a different names for people who crack jokes all day—jesters and clowns.