Human Nature: Six Things We All Do -- New Scientist
WHAT sort of creature is the human? The obvious answer is a smart, talkative, upright ape with a penchant for material possessions.
But what about the more subtle concept of human nature? That is more controversial. Some deny it exists, preferring to believe that we can be anything we want to be. They cannot be right.
Although we exhibit lots of individual and cultural variations, humans are animals, and like all animals we have idiosyncrasies, quirks and characteristics that distinguish us as a species. An invading alien would have no trouble categorising us but, being so close to our subject matter, we struggle to pin down the essence of humanness.
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My Comment: I am guilty of doing all six traits.