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If you know what I am, you are certainly not one of me.

If you are one of me, you certainly do not know what I am.

I am a living, breathing human being. You can't go far without me.

To know this, is to not be me.

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    $\begingroup$ Any object without consciousness $\endgroup$ – fffred May 14 '18 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ Just an observation: the second statement is the contrapositive of the first one, and therefore completely redundant. Unless there's a hidden message or something. $\endgroup$ – Riley May 14 '18 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ It would be good if you provide us some hint. $\endgroup$ – Maniraj May 15 '18 at 6:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Maniraj That's a bit early. No one can answer it because it was put on hold. Moderators: question was amended since it was put on hold, can you consider reopening it? $\endgroup$ – xhienne May 15 '18 at 9:12
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    $\begingroup$ (@xhienne Moderators can, but are not needed, to reopen a question that's on hold. Users with enough reputation can, and did, vote to reopen this; I gave it the final push.) $\endgroup$ – Rubio May 15 '18 at 21:18
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You might be

a newborn baby.

If you know what I am, you are certainly not one of me.

If you can identify a baby, you're not one. Because ...

If you are one of me, you certainly do not know what I am.

... newborn babies are not aware enough to really know what a baby is.

I am a living, breathing human being. You can't go far without me.

Yup.
And you can't leave a newborn alone, you need to bring them with you.

To know this, is to not be me.

Again, newborns don't have enough cognitive awareness to grasp any of this.

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  • $\begingroup$ So, three of the clues are all saying the same thing, and the other one is true only in very particular situations. Seems like a poor puzzle to me. $\endgroup$ – Acccumulation Jun 8 '18 at 21:41
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The answer is almost certainly

A non-sentient being

Explanation:

Sentient beings are aware of the concept of sentience. Non-sentient beings are not.

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You could be a:

person in a coma

it's just a guess, but it complies with all the conditions

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    $\begingroup$ "You can't go far without me" How it complies with this line? $\endgroup$ – prit.patel May 15 '18 at 11:50
  • $\begingroup$ my bad, i misread the "without" as a "with". I feel pretty bad now :( $\endgroup$ – Nikos Gkogkopoulos May 15 '18 at 13:35
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I thought of this while the question was on hold, before it was edited.  You are

the cells in a (human) brain.

The explanation is quite similar to that of Rubio’s answer.

If you know what I am, you are certainly not one of me.

An individual brain cell cannot hold a concept, like that of a living entity, or an organ in a body.

If you are one of me, you certainly do not know what I am.

Same as above (contrapositive).

I am a living, breathing human being.

Oops.  Invalidated by edit.

You can't go far without me.

It seems like brainless people can function in society, but you can’t go far without a brain.

Note: I believe that my answer satisfies the above clue better than Rubio’s.

To know this, is to not be me.

Fifth verse, same as the first.

OK, actually this one doesn’t work perfectly after the revision either.

Only an intelligent being (and I use the term loosely :-) ) can understand a riddle and its answer.  So, if you’re reading this, you are not a brain cell.

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