Essay - Homo Sapiens, Like Any Other Species, Share Certain Determining Features....

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Homo sapiens, like any other species, share certain determining features. We are bipedal and walk upright. We have opposable thumbs that enable us to manipulate objects and tools. We ***** advanced language and learning capabilities that surpass those of all other animals. Human females ovulate once every month and the gestation period for humans is approximately nine *****s. Except for differences in gender, genetics, and abnormalities, human be*****gs ***** basically biologically the same. Though some will have straight hair and blue eyes while o*****rs sport curly hair and brown *****, ***** are constructed alike. Our brain chemistry is no exception: all human beings share similar ***** ***** ***** functions, despite the wide variances in personality, behavior, and intelligence. However, despite these hard-wired similarities among human beings, no one can doubt that each person is unique, partly due to socio-cultural fac*****rs. Our biology unites us where our environment serves to preserve diversity within the species. Human beings are fundamentally the same, but socio-cultural factors create the illusion of difference.

However, ***** glimpse into a family or community will enlighten the observer to the *****s that ex*****t even ***** a similar racial group. Both biological and socio-cultural factors may differ in human *****. Some people are born with diseases that impede healthy brain or body functions. These abn*****malities create unique ***** beings, despite our underlying similarities. Although a ***** of people will sh***** physical traits in common, psychological ***** separate one person from another, ***** in identical twins. Because ***** person learns *****ently, children ***** the ***** family will seem vastly different despite their similar appearances. Differences in brain chemistry ***** hormones can also account for some ***** the differences between people. Mental disorders like depression or schizophrenia segregate human beings the same way physical maladies and diseases can. Even though human biology itself does not vary, individual expression varies greatly.

***** behavior is both biologically and socio-culturally determined. Universal human biology creates limitations on ***** actions and determined our basic tendencies to act in certain *****s. For example, most ***** are like animals in *****ir urge ***** self-preservation. We all feel hunger, thirst, ***** other signs of discomfort. But people are ***** prone to acts of altruism. ***** ***** who have yet to learn the laws of society tend to act in empa*****tic ways. Yet much ***** what informs our beliefs and behavior is culturally and socially determined. Learned behavior varies from culture to *****. From an early age, children learn through observation. ***** the neural structures and central nervous systems of all people ***** ***** the same, what each family or culture decides to teach varies greatly. Social rules and mores are ***** universal like neurochemicals are; ********** separate people ***** cultural groups. Gestures and behavioral patterns of the parents will be incorporated in***** the child's personality structure. Although all ***** are born ***** four limbs, how those limbs express emotions through body langu***** will vary from ***** to culture. All healthy people ***** the ability to speak and create


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