- August 17, 2018
Most people, when challenged to define ‘life’, start listing what living things do: reproduce, metabolise, evolve etc. The most extraordinary and unique feature is easily overlooked, though obvious.
If there is one most distinguishing feature that makes us human, it would be our ability to enunciate words, aka language. Through language, we convey our feelings and thoughts as well as influence others. Language is a crucial part of society and has been our primary socialisation tool. Without this tool, humans might not have been able to reach the state where we are now.
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