What makes us human?

The following ten ideas have radically changed human development. Without them we would simply not be the same.

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Storytelling is an important part of our lives. We tell stories about our own experiences and feelings. Stories help us understand the past and prepare for the future.

Stories can be found everywhere. They can be painted, retold, sung and danced. Other animals do not tell stories. This is unique for humans. We can make our thoughts into words and create something new. Monkeys can learn sign language, but they can’t tell stories.

A chimpanzee named Nim was able to put together: «Give me orange give me eat orange me eat orange give me eat you». Humans are able to tell stories, and that is what makes us different from other animals. This means that we can pass on knowledge and culture from generation to generation.

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Humans have always had musical instruments. You can call our body a musical instrument. When we use our voice, it is almost like playing a guitar.

Our «voice box» is located in the lower part of our throat. So our head and ribcage are like a chamber – much like the body of a guitar.

Humans have created music for a long time. The oldest instrument found is a 40,000-year-old flute with finger holes. Flutes are advanced instruments, so there must have been simpler ones. These can probably not be found because they were made of materials like skin, wood or vegetables. Music has always had a great influence on our lives and culture.

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