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Q & A: Man-made People?

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
Are humans natural things or man-made things?
- Anonymous (age 11)
Tampines North Primary School, SIngapore
A:
That's a pretty tricky question. It all depends on how you define man-made. If you think about it, our parents made us. But on the other hand, we are natural beings like other plants and animals. So just to make sure, I checked Webster's Collegiate Dictionary to see what they say about man-made.

man-made (adjective): manufactured, created, or constructed by human beings; specifically: synthetic

So according to the definition of man-made, we must be natural beings because we are neither manufactured, created, constructed, or synthetic. We grow, which is something man-made things do not tend to do.

Adam

(published on 10/22/2007)

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