What Makes Us Human

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What Makes Us Human

Anthropology answer: the theory of evolution or known as "Darwinism" is an incredible theory developed from Charles Darwin. This theory apply to the question "What makes us human?" through the idea of biological evolution. This theory states how humans as a species have evolved and learned to adapt to our surroundings and environment in order to evolve and change. What makes us be known as "humans" is the five unique features we have developed through evolution; 3D vision, bi-pedalism, opposable thumbs, precision grip, and a complex brain. This differentiates us from other species, therefore classifies us as humans.

What Makes Us Human?

For the big question “What makes us humans?”, I applied two theories from an anthropological standpoint that explains about humans having to go through evolution which is like a step-by-step process that requires a long period of time. Through that time span, certain traits and features have been developed over the evolution process.

In a Psychological standpoint...

For the question “What makes us humans?”, I described two different psychological theories that have to do with our species way of thinking, expressing emotions and thoughts and the difference between our cerebral cortex from other species.

According to Charles Darwin...

Anthropology: The two theories, Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest are anthropological theories which can be applied and answer the question “What makes us human?”. Natural Selection theory has to do with humans being a species and all species that contain different amounts of inherited genetics that allow for the species to be better adapted to their environment. This is something that makes us humans because it displays how we have grown vulnerable to environmental change. Survival of the fittest is another theory that states depending on genetic traits passed down, animals better adapted for their environment survive due to their assets which give them the upper hand.

Psychology answer: The Bystander apathy or effect is a theory that describes when a person witnesses a traumatic event and does nothing to help. We are a unique type of species where we have intellect, feelings, personalities and memories that are affected by our surroundings, as we are put in different situations, we act differently depending on what we are feeling, and thinking.This theory is a great example of these certain behaviors and characteristics we have and how it ties into the question of “What makes us humans?”

Psychology answer: Cognitive process theory and Cerebral Cortex. The Cognitive Process is a theory developed by Carl jung which is simply about the ability for humans to answer a question, think and solve a problem. The Cerebral cortex a large part of the brain that allows humans the ability to think. This is the part of the brain which differentiates a human brain from the brains of other species, The cerebral cortex controls human senses, thoughts, language and memory. Our advanced cerebral cortex and intelligent cognitive process is what makes us humans so unique.


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