Werewolf or human?

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Werewolf or human?

Post by Volkodlak » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:34 am

Greetings,

It got me thinking: are werewolfs seperate kind or still humans?

In my view they are humans with extreme medical condition becouse they are virus based werewolfs, but 99% of humans still call them werewolfs, but some werewolfs like this classification becouse they like their humanity.

Whats your take on this?
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Re: Werewolf or human?

Post by Uniform Two Six » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:44 am

A good question. The werewolf blurs the distinction between human and (non-human) animal.

I'd say "para-human"

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Re: Werewolf or human?

Post by Meeper » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:36 am

Agreed, good question.

The sensible, level headed, humanitarian/human relations diplomat spin doctor in me says werewolves are humans that have had bad/weird things happen to them. Like having cancer, we don't adopt a new species just because cancer has invaded our body and suddenly start calling ourselves a were-melanoma, complete with entirely new life cycle unique to our "species" (gawd I hate that term for it, species. Bleh). The definition of a species is basically "Can they produce viable offspring by mating?" If werewolves can't have kids with ordinary humans, you might have a case for a new (sub/cousain?)species, but if they can have kids and they're healthy, then grow the gosh up!

The scientist in me looks to similar existing and documented phenomena, like chimeras. Generally, a werewolf may have things in common with a biological chimera, and in any case there's nothing stopping us inventing new classes of organism, which may or may not nullify the human designation of the host species.

The bottom line is, if there's no real, solid, robust distinction, then the only distinction is a social one, a form of racism you could say, in which werewolves/people point to each other and say "You're not me!".

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Uniform Two Six wrote:
Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:44 am
I'd say "para-human"
I'd tend to concur.

I have some other vague ideas but I don't know how to articulate them, so I'll end there.

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Re: Werewolf or human?

Post by Terastas » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:26 pm

Volkodlak wrote:
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:34 am
In my view they are humans with extreme medical condition becouse they are virus based werewolfs,
That's my take on it as well. Not once has there ever been documented a species with the capacity to turn members of a different species into that of its own. It's a pretty fantastic virus, but still a virus (or at least virus-like), ergo its hosts should still be considered human.
but 99% of humans still call them werewolfs, but some werewolfs like this classification becouse they like their humanity.
*shrugs* Some people think blacks and Hispanics should be treated as a different species. Doesn't mean it's even remotely within the ballpark of possibly being correct. Just means that they have a much more narrow definition of what qualifies for "humanity" than the scientific community's definition.

Yes, a ton of people will always insist that werewolves are a different species. And if they were ever infected with lycanthropy, one or two of them might even continue to insist so.

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Re: Werewolf or human?

Post by Volkodlak » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:07 am

Well if werewolfs are still considered humans then they would have human rights so we can say no secret horror labs, but if they would not be it would mean you can kiss your rights goodbye.

Even if scientists and biologist want too study a werewolf they could do it without breaking your rights, besides werewolf is more worth alive for study than dead.
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