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Biological necessities June 17, 2008

Posted by Mia in Frontiers.

The human propensity to differentiate and distinguish, as well as to categorize, occurs at the most primitive level: biological survival. One of the first, if not the first thing an infant learns, is distinguishing mother” from “not mother“.

It is a requirement to learn to distinguish things from one another. It is at the core of how humans learn, develop, and interact with the world around them.

Preliterate, isolated cultures do a great amount of differentiation in order to insure their survival and the continuation of the species. It’s extremely beneficial to the species to have knowledge of the categories ‘poisonous mushrooms’ and ‘building materials with insulating properties’, for instance.

Categorization has its biological origins in saving the species time and expending of fewer calories, helping to insure our ultimate survival.

Nothing miscellaneous about it.