What makes us human
By Colin Pillinger - 28 February 04:43
Collin Pillinger argues that it's our thirst for discovery that makes us human.
By Michael Rosen - 06 February 08:37
To live with this paradox of history, being on the one hand “gone” yet at the same time being “with us at all times”, is what it is to be human.
By Chris Patten - 30 January 10:50
Human artistic creativity marks us out from the animal kingdom. You look at a painting by Michelangelo or Raphael and you know what it means to be human, with all the capacity to express in stone or paint what it is to be alive.
Alan Johnson: Sometimes, the things that make us human emerge from the worst things we have to endure
By Alan Johnson - 28 November 10:12
Sometimes the best things that make us human emerge from the worst things that we have to endure.
By Alison Lapper - 03 October 11:30
Artist Alison Lapper was born without arms and was denied the affection she needed as a child. Here, as part of our "What Makes Us Human" series, she reflects on her experiences, and what they can tell us about humanity.
By P D James - 25 July 08:12
The ability to ask the question "What makes us human?" is what makes us human, argues P D James.
By Alain de Botton - 18 July 07:30
Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alain de Botton attacks the notion only skills, not wisdom, can be taught. This is a mistake, he argues. Philosophy, literature, history, art and film can prepare us for life's most difficult challenges.
By Alexei Sayle - 10 July 08:00
Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alexei Sayle reflects on the time Paul McKenna planted a suicidal post-hypnotic suggestion in his brain, and how our restlessness has been exploited to devastating effect.
By Susan Greenfield - 04 July 08:44
Susan Greenfield argues that our ability to use symbols and metaphors as a way of signalling our status is what makes us uniquely human. And no better symbols than the seven deadly sins.