Humans are defined by their interconnections to other Humans
Question from the Internet:
“What makes a "human being"? Is it memories, thought, or the ability to sense the environment?”
All of those are present in Human beings but they don’t differentiate us from other lifeforms.
After all even plants can sense the environment and animals have memories, thoughts, in a way we could say even inanimate materials have “memories”, previous states they can return to.
The uniqueness of Humans is the ability to sense others, to emphatize with others.
Our whole behavior is determined by our constant comparison to other people, we form very deep, unique connections through the inner connection we can achieve between us, as we exchange thoughts, desires, needs constantly influencing each other.
As a result a Human environment can completely reformat a Human being.
And then the “truly Human being” - an evolutionary level we are yet to reach - is when we actually change our inherently egocentric, subjective, “single-dimensional” consciousness, perception of reality to a “quantum consciousness, perception”, through learning how to exist and view reality through the needs, desires and viewpoints of others.