Ah! Yes, very good. I HAVE thought about the coma question in the past — mostly in discussions about “brain dead” (which I do not believe is death. Heart stop is death).
What does it mean to be a human?
From the first moment the baby suckles its thumb in the womb and creates a feedback loop that says in a language without words, “I am”, then one is aware.
Being here on this planet, in the form of a human being, raised by other humans, to be like a human is, aware and calling out to the world, “Notice me so that I exist, please make me feel real so I am sure!” conquers the uncertainty, as we cannot suckle the world into us as we suckled our thumb in the womb.
Yet we try to bring as much of it in as we can, while we’re here, as much as we need, as much as we can, and avoid the rest.
What we are avoiding? That’s what keeps us human. We are defined as much by what we avoid as we are by what we construct and what we accept and what leaves us confused and wondering.
-Kenneth Udut 1/20/2015
Is a person who is brain dead still human?
I may have to revise my definition of human. I included awareness, but that doesn’t take into account the unconscious human that is not in a dream state.
Quantifiable objects that are circumscribed are almost infinite in quantity and naming possibilities though.