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August 28 2013

What Makes Us Human? | The Rabbit Hole

Category:  The Rabbit Hole

What, if anything, sets human beings apart from other species? More and more research in anthropology, primatology, and zoology points to the fact that, biologically and even behaviorally speaking, there is very little that defines humanity.
Even empathy and altruism, characteristics formerly believed to be singularly human, are now known to manifest in many non-human species. In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra explores this fascinating question about the uniqueness of the human species. Perhaps consciousness, alone, is not the answer to the riddle, but rather the remarkable way in which it functions in human beings.

As Deepak describes, consciousness sleeps in minerals, dreams in vegetables, wakes up in animals, and starts to become self-aware in humans. In word, action, and intention we have the limitless ability to reflect and consider chain reactions. Other barriers may otherwise inhibit us, but no one can curtail our inner freedom nor the self-awareness that generates infinite vision. When we ask ourselves questions like, “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” we turn the mirror back on ourselves and see all dimensions of our existence. We can play with new identities, experiment with different lifestyles, and experience the whole spectrum of sensations, while simultaneously knowing that identity and experience don’t constitute the Self. We are so much more than the sum of our parts, AND we have the ability to recognize this fact.

Now, of course we don’t know that other animals lack this trait (and even if they do, it doesn’t make us “superior,”) but you have to hand it to human beings for really making the most of our consciousness. Let’s be sure to live up to the name.

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  • I am trying to be human, and I don't like it..lol

    Rebecca Mae Evans // 2013-04-06 07:56:09 // //
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  • I disagree with Deepak. I think animals have it figured out already. They know how to live in connection with the natural world. They need not question, they innately know. Imagine having THAT level of inner knowingness, that level of connection to the spirit of life. That`s far better than the trivial things that humans have to contend with on their way to enlightenment. Most humans are so far from that point and they are completely unaware of that fact; completely invested solely in themselves and cut off from the rest of existence as they selfishly tread on through life. Animals, in my modest opinion, are the superior souls.

    LS // 2014-01-22 01:31:12 // //
  • I think our egotistical self-awareness makes us think we are unique in this ability. Animals obviously have empathy, when a dog looks sad or shows compassion when its owner is down, or when one species of animal cares for another from a different species, like the turtle and the elephant. Why do we always need to compare ourselves to animals and other things of nature rather than work on ourselves to better at the things that we do that are helpful.

    socjust // 2014-01-19 20:44:35 // //
  • The human brain has this ability to be aware of itself, to reflect back on itself. this is our own self consciousness, which also has become our limitation, as we have become hynotized by the functioning of our own brains. The beauty of it is that we have the capacity to become consciously aware of the manifestation of creation, live it, be it. We are entangled in the subjectivity of our own thoughts which we keep reflecting on, functioning from and this is our misery in being human. Being human is a marvelous gift; to walk and talk with God as she creates. Genesis was not so very far off in its description of this and our forgetting of who we are.

    blueflower // 2013-09-16 12:21:44 // //
  • God made us human.

    David Beasley // 2013-09-02 12:41:01 // //
  • ... a Divine Human embodiment of pure Soul essence!

    Whole Presence Soul Retrieval // 2013-08-31 17:57:25 // //
  • being

    Ivana Bojanić Matić // 2013-08-29 15:48:40 // //
  • MaryAnn Koshiyama, this!

    Chris Rodriguez // 2013-08-29 15:18:14 // //
  • Dear Deepak Chopra, I honor and thank you for sharing so essential knowledge - and share it so generously.. Namesté

    Sophia Nancy // 2013-08-29 14:11:53 // //
  • that there are good humans as deepak which help us to think

    Gynos Ruiz Lopez // 2013-08-29 13:08:18 // //
  • Am a Spirit having a human experience

    Marcela Covadonga Hernandez Arellano // 2013-08-29 12:32:25 // //
  • If what makes us a self aware human is true realization of compassion, what does that tell us about those that bully? O:) Peace

    Gregory Beddingfield // 2013-08-29 11:25:37 // //
  • Much of Deepak's message is obscured with scientific sounding mumbo jumbo. But, we still love him,...

    Carla Best // 2013-08-29 11:22:03 // //
  • Deepak Chopra has opened more doors to expanded awareness of that which is, and has always been.

    Linda Summerville // 2013-08-29 10:57:09 // //
  • if you say both unfortunately they are not the same

    Fulya San // 2013-08-29 10:19:55 // //
  • love it! x x

    Caroline Togher // 2013-08-29 07:26:56 // //
  • I am Both

    Margarita Oliveros // 2013-08-29 05:02:00 // //
  • Better to be a human in this modern world!

    Suman Mala // 2013-08-29 02:48:28 // //
  • Thanks Deepak !! Love and Success !

    Manon Morin // 2013-08-29 02:25:31 // //
  • God

    Yadira Sanchez // 2013-08-28 23:53:03 // //
  • I'm spirit first having a human experience

    Gloria Grivas // 2013-08-28 22:44:03 // //
  • Both...one to be the other

    Lisa Chan // 2013-08-28 21:43:03 // //
  • A human doing

    Billie J Baker // 2013-08-28 21:31:36 // //
  • I am a Star

    Annette Moczygemba // 2013-08-28 21:10:21 // //
  • great movie

    Christine Rotola Olsen // 2013-08-28 18:36:17 // //
  • What makes us human? Biology; our genetics...what kind of silly question is this? It's always interesting to see all the people trying to wax philosophical in the comments here lol. Like Bastion above; wth is that even supposed to mean? You hate civilization? The only reason we even exist right now is because humans evolved to be social creatures and civilization is the manner in which we developed to best get along. What a bunch of meaningless nonsense.

    Shawn Conrad // 2013-08-28 18:28:46 // //
  • I am a human being in a falsely authoritative state of chaos and panic... I've never wanted to live more in my life than right now, and there has never been a plague more toxic to any creature in accord with nature than the plague than civilization... I want to make love in the streets to stop traffic and get people to shut of their combustion engines for a moment while they reflect on the unfairness of life.

    Bastion Knight // 2013-08-28 18:07:24 // //
  • I'm a spiritual being...on a human journey.

    Rachelle Bronson // 2013-08-28 18:03:45 // //
  • .

    Grace Jz // 2013-08-28 17:54:39 // //
  • Gud question

    Kagiso Tukisi // 2013-08-28 17:47:35 // //
  • I'm just a human being, being human...;)

    Arne Odenlid // 2013-08-28 17:46:55 // //
  • A good funny and wise quote...best performed in swedish movie..."Bröderna Mozart"...!!♡♥

    Arne Odenlid // 2013-08-28 17:42:23 // //
  • I m a human and i need to love, just like every body does!!

    Jose Fimbres Vaca // 2013-08-28 17:40:02 // //
  • "We are all Spiritual Beings having a Physical Experience"!

    Barbara Raines Horner // 2013-08-28 17:39:17 // //
  • 4SURE!!!!!!! :P

    Robert W Craig // 2013-08-28 17:36:37 // //
  • makes one wonder when you become aware that you are awareness behind form (s) to the point of knowing .. not guessing

    Mary Laposta // 2013-08-28 17:31:40 // //
  • Just a share:*Human - German menschlich (manlike); belonging to man, or mankind; RELATING TO the race of man; having the QUALITIES of a man; PROFANE, NOT SACRED OR DIVINE. (Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 edition) I added the bold, capitals, and underline. [So, it seems you're NOT human either! They make it very clear that there is a difference between man, or mankind aka man-genus. Furthermore, relating to the race of man, does not make you "BE" the race of man.] Now the dictionary goes one step further and advises the reader to SEE MAN. So, go see what they said about MAN, because they try to trick and confuse you with it.

    Shahida Ebrahim // 2013-08-28 17:30:15 // //
  • Being human is about experiencing the absolute extreme experience in every possible direction and ways imaginable...good and bad.

    Tony Agustin // 2013-08-28 17:29:53 // //
  • GRT stuff.

    Ron Harrington // 2013-08-28 17:27:36 // //
  • We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

    When you know better, you do better. // 2013-08-28 17:25:42 // //
  • Being me.....

    Shelley Sherwin // 2013-08-28 17:25:03 // //
  • Both!

    Florina Penescu // 2013-08-28 17:23:28 // //
  • Seers and sages throughout the ages have perfected modalities for achieving this state of un-conditioning. 1. Self awareness 2. Self reflection 3. Transcendence 4. Conscious Choice making

    Amit Panasara
    // 2013-08-02 15:02:23 // //
  • So good. Glad to see the production value of Deepak`s work is coming to life.

    Rich Van Every
    // 2013-06-23 21:30:35 // //
  • both at once, the duality is false :-)

    kayakrkayakr
    // 2013-05-23 15:34:56 // //
  • capabale of becoming???

    Jolly John Lee Leonardo // 2013-05-17 13:46:13 // //
  • Hello Well, i still wonder if Deepak could do anything for governments...? to make them at least a little aware of what they are doing at the moment, give insight at important quistions, shootingquistions and much more...powerquistions, people can't handle it and don't know what they are doing. awareness........please read [ the netherlands]

    Janke Haga // 2013-05-13 05:01:56 // //
  • Does any one ever get a reply?

    Currie Edwards // 2013-05-13 00:25:48 // //
  • Great Thinker.

    Asha Sol // 2013-05-12 09:51:06 // //
  • Being human

    Nancy Ximena // 2013-05-12 07:47:13 // //
  • I'm being human...

    Vyktor Menendez // 2013-05-11 21:53:24 // //
  • That was great! Love the added value you bring throughout your knowledge sharing. Thank You!

    Joseph Ash // 2013-05-11 19:37:03 // //
  • We are blessed human being with infinite intelligence and landed down to this planet for certain definite distinct purpose. We have got higher level of conscious awareness to utilize our gifted intelligence and comparatively to all species we are super being who has ability to rules on this planet for living. We are also regarded as divine human being cz we hold qualities like love, ,joy, compassion, trust, kindness, honesty, consciousness, spiritual and awared being regarding divine miracle creating power

    Born TO Inspire U // 2013-05-11 17:56:52 // //
  • definitely being human. deepak, you have been working miracles in my life and i'm so grateful.

    Mishelle Rose // 2013-05-11 17:46:35 // //
  • M@TRIX

    Pepijn Sweep // 2013-05-11 17:45:28 // //
  • shut up.

    Steve Vons // 2013-05-11 17:43:46 // //
  • Awesome photo....feels like the reality i'm living lately but today, lot's of blue rays....

    Starseed Awakenings // 2013-05-11 17:41:50 // //
  • I am a mental being..

    Vanessa Curtis // 2013-05-11 17:40:50 // //
  • thank you

    Durwin Williams // 2013-05-11 17:39:54 // //
  • so fake turn or so real trun fake so do you breath or grow or do you say the same 1 to 2 things out loud o no dont be offended want a hand shake ha ha ha ha ha

    Derek Elj // 2013-04-20 04:50:59 // //
  • AS awakening enlightens, we discard frameworks that expressed outmoded perspectives and shift from defining ourself or our apparently `not self to the direct expression of what could be called an indivisibility or unified being. This was pictured by the story of Jesus as the archetype for all. To live out from a basis of fear, denial and control, is not Life - but a delusional defence mechanism of largely unconscious mutual agreement. This mechanism has imposed itself upon our essential humanity - as if a second nature that obscures, and so yes it is not the living presence and is therefore not a being - but a doing. Doing `separateness` as if to save our self does not make it true. Humanity IS Divinity, but first the harvest of what is true must be accepted from the tares of what is wished, feared or imagined true. Love makes us human - as do all of the Divine qualities. What we sought to add to ourself has promised power but lost us appreciation of Soul. To uncover the mechanism - is not for more manipulation but for recognizing the mind that would make of love a slave - and relinquishing it to a true discernment of no self seeking, in a congruence of all qualities present. The seduction of the mind is distraction. You can choose this because you are as free to love as love has created you. But it will not know you, love you and be you - as the perfect fulfilment of all things in this moment shared. in Love`s blessing Brian

    binra // 2013-04-18 09:40:28 // //
  • As far as I know we are the only creatures that laugh. It would be wonderful if we could start at that common point first.

    Rff2nd // 2013-04-18 07:25:41 // //
  • I believe in especially breaking barriers and trying to expand the mind...I would like to continue on that path with my children and not give up hope.

    laina calliope // 2013-04-17 15:34:18 // //
  • I love Deepak Chopra....Wayne Dyer too!

    Teal Lang // 2013-04-17 07:37:16 // //
  • i am the guy in the photo..a human being....she`s being human

    iamjoelex1
    // 2013-04-16 17:29:48 // //
  • i love doris

    iamjoelex1
    // 2013-04-16 17:28:39 // //
  • I am a Galactic Human Being!

    Aubrey Whitaker // 2013-04-15 21:30:41 // //
  •  mr chopra..i am beeing human in a human beeing..thank you for this question

    Doris Draeger
    // 2013-04-15 18:32:35 // //
  • mlr ilu

    Patricio S Lombardo // 2013-04-15 06:52:18 // //
  • I am Being Human, because my life is all about others, and never about me. Their opinions, their desiar, their stealing, their stalking, thier spying, their greed! My life was stolen from me by the greed, and hate of spys, neighbors, and criminals. I had my humanity taken from me! I had my human rights taken from me even now!

    Victoria R.
    // 2013-04-15 01:58:24 // //
  • <3

    Irena Barwicki // 2013-04-15 00:31:14 // //
  • Thank You

    Stacy Hall // 2013-04-14 21:57:19 // //
  • HUE-MAN= Colored man?

    David Brown Richardson // 2013-04-14 20:28:53 // //
  • ...I´m going to read!....

    Eva Catalina Pierotti Santos // 2013-04-14 19:19:38 // //
  • super i like

    Smoth Cool // 2013-04-14 19:09:13 // //
  • Being...I Am...Just Being.

    Debbie Pierro // 2013-04-14 18:47:11 // //
  • The link is not working

    Melissa Jensen // 2013-04-14 17:51:50 // //
  • Oh good. Just when I thought I wasn't a cat anymore :-)

    Mary Ofstead // 2013-04-14 17:02:56 // //
  • We are Humans Becoming....

    Louie Bookout Sr. // 2013-04-14 16:46:14 // //
  • At Earth we are Human being, but in GOD eyes we are the kids of HIM.

    Soemintradebie Gajadin // 2013-04-14 16:43:20 // //
  • a human is living, a being is dead ... so we are dead humans

    Greg Guerrero // 2013-04-14 16:41:58 // //
  • Can a crazy person have more than one ego?! What if each personality has a different ego?! personality = ego?! It's interesting to think about. I hope that person gets along well with himself.

    Steve Wein // 2013-04-14 16:30:34 // //
  • Traducciòn . ???

    Edgar Navarro Puentes // 2013-04-14 16:13:26 // //
  • "Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with naked bodies; I will paint the ceiling of the churches with equations" Adrian Ferent Yoga and my Equations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px6kW4NLpvc

    Adrian Ferent // 2013-04-14 16:13:05 // //
  • "man of wisdom"; therefore, a Being of Human qualities is the right term! We are all Earthlings ;)

    Ernie Brewer // 2013-04-14 16:09:47 // //
  • I am whoe I am I`m not this human dust

    zbullitt
    // 2013-04-12 00:41:21 // //
  • What makes us human is applying the definition of human to ourselfs.

    zbullitt
    // 2013-04-12 00:39:37 // //
  • A human being, being humane.

    wayneben10
    // 2013-04-11 07:21:52 // //
  • That`s the best one yet!

    Donald Watts
    // 2013-04-11 01:38:24 // //
  • Unlike animals we are able to manipulate :-)

    456inthemix
    // 2013-04-10 14:11:09 // //
  • searching & pinpointing ~ cerebral nervine nerve tissue ~~ blood circulatory purification ~~~ neurotransmitters pituitary gland nerve tissue

    Derek Elj // 2013-04-09 21:08:13 // //
  • http://soundcloud.com/symbolico/symbolico-where-am-i --------> deepak Chopra in a musical track! :)

    Symbolico // 2013-04-09 12:04:35 // //
  • I AM!

    Joe Reyes // 2013-04-08 12:13:22 // //
  • Delving deeper we encounter many possibilities in answering this question..However, each answer is only from a fixed perspective...From a groundless, limitless & infinite awareness, we are neither a human being nor are we being human; Consciousness/Awareness only is conscious & aware of itself !!!

    Roger Drayton
    // 2013-04-08 04:46:05 // //
  • awesome! simply put :)

    125deepu
    // 2013-04-07 20:16:33 // //
  • being human 

    bugger2002
    // 2013-04-07 19:34:59 // //
  • I AM both

    pathros56
    // 2013-04-07 16:00:09 // //
  • wow nicely done Deepak, simple and easy to understand ! I really like your closing thought ! :))

    Elaine Claivaz
    // 2013-04-07 14:33:14 // //
  • absolutely love this rabbit hole series, feel like im spiritually growing in every episode

    ec0chic
    // 2013-04-07 08:38:33 // //
  • Well Deepak sir my answer is BEING HUMAN ;-)

    Raghu Chakravarthy
    // 2013-04-07 06:39:09 // //
  • Excellent!

    csfontaine
    // 2013-04-07 02:09:26 // //
  • namasté

    sinistereactorrw
    // 2013-04-07 00:24:29 // //
  • can't wait.

    Laura Cooke // 2013-04-06 23:13:42 // //
  • To be explored.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-04-06 19:25:26 // //
  • being human

    Amos Pete Martinez // 2013-04-06 11:14:38 // //
  • More Human Than Human

    Deanna Stevens // 2013-04-06 10:58:10 // //
  • NAMASTÉ.

    Daniel Maitland // 2013-04-06 09:47:59 // //
  • I am living my human experience, being spiritual to become more spiritual daily, in deep understanding.

    Daniel Maitland // 2013-04-06 09:47:28 // //
  • I'd rather not have a physical body. Too much distraction and opportunities for pain.

    Deborah Riley // 2013-04-06 09:29:00 // //
  • Love it! Are you a human being or are you being human?  Thank you Deepak! Aloha :)

    Kellie Hosaka
    // 2013-04-06 08:17:42 // //
  • Thank you Mr. Deepak Chopra, you make me smile!

    Rebecca Mae Evans // 2013-04-06 07:56:40 // //
  • I am trying to be human, and I don't like it..lol

    Rebecca Mae Evans // 2013-04-06 07:56:09 // //
  • I think of myself as a soul having a human experience.

    Diana Ganic // 2013-04-06 06:27:04 // //
  • How interesting that I just wrote about the Rabbit Hole without knowledge of this video...To Deepak Chopra, I would like to inquire about why it is that you sell solutions to mind-created problems, knowing that is is co-creating confusion. Please help me understand. Thank you. http://sowing-psychic-seeds.blogspot.be/2013/04/choosing-to-go-down-rabbit-hole-observe.html

    Angela McKeller // 2013-04-06 02:18:42 // //
  • Adriana se puede traducir, este man es increibe , he aprendido mucho de el ,,Deepak chopra forever ,

    Leo Freedom // 2013-04-06 01:17:27 // //
  • thank you

    Mária Tóth // 2013-04-06 01:04:51 // //
  • being

    Túlio Militão // 2013-04-05 23:55:10 // //
  • The human belongs to earth, the being belongs to the universe.

    Audra Hansche // 2013-04-05 23:38:46 // //
  • A Being being

    Sus Cavanagh Quinn // 2013-04-05 23:17:39 // //
  • We're all living things—we choose what to be.

    Fabiola Iivi Preciado-Becerra // 2013-04-05 22:36:00 // //
  • Man is in denial of true humanity. Ego comes first before being human. Large egos ruin relationships. Practice humility.

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2013-04-05 22:06:23 // //
  • I of course was born human and have remained so my entire life, why is there some magical philosophy to it?

    James Bono // 2013-04-05 21:27:09 // //
  • When we was not developed nd couldn't compare in good nd bad things then was being human nd now we can do that's all so we are human being.

    Deepak Sohnia // 2013-04-05 21:26:10 // //
  • Hay alguna posibilidad de leerlo en español?

    Adriana Margasin // 2013-04-05 21:11:05 // //
  • a human being being human

    Ana Rosa // 2013-04-05 21:03:28 // //
  • Great question!!! Human beings often take themselves for granted :)

    Shakti Persad // 2013-04-05 20:59:46 // //
  • Deepak .. I am both a human being and am being human. For as you have realized _ one may be a being, yet not be that being and conversely one not be a particular being yet act in such a way as to mimic that being. Like i've wondered for recent years especially about those supposedly educated who've looked - down on me for my eccentricities and bi - polar disease _ a diagnosis that they've ( whomever 'they' are ) recently made even more severe ... francis a. novello UD 1966 - 2007 BA

    Frank Novello // 2013-04-05 20:48:15 // //
  • <3

    Lorena Rios Sierra // 2013-04-05 20:46:11 // //
  • thanks again for all your support

    Pamela Fontanelle // 2013-04-05 20:46:10 // //
  • Love does both... does... and un-does... it is there... where you will find equilibrium...<3

    Lorena Rios Sierra // 2013-04-05 20:45:21 // //
  • we all animals without right thoughts practices in ground level thats why we all trying to be being human... & this days what is going on in world is not what human being doing.. Thoughts & actions should be same on real ground which only bad people doing good one only thinking thinking & thinking & speaking Which having no sense at all..

    Harsh Upadhyay // 2013-04-05 20:42:44 // //
  • l was taught to not be a human being but a human doing.

    Sherry-Sazzyann Zollo // 2013-04-05 20:41:48 // //
  • Namaste. ♥

    Mercedes Belalcázar Mejia // 2013-04-05 20:36:33 // //