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Are Mute Individuals Not Homo Sapiens?

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Posted by Jim Bergquist on September 10, 2003 06:09:18 UTC

If we restrict the definition of homo sapiens to individuals who can speak, then people who are mute or unable to learn to speak because of deafness would not be human. Yet these people are able to sign and maintain their own culture in spite of their limitations in the area of speach.

When the climate in west Africa changed 3 million or so years ago and the habitat of prehumans became more open, there is no doubt that humans also had to become more alert to danger and take measures to avoid it. Defending the group has payback in terms of individual survival.

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