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Anthropology, neuroscience, music, and puppetry all figure prominently in The Hand, which effortlessly guides the reader through its million-year biography. Brains and thumbs growing and changing to accommodate each other, discovering tools and language together, kicked us out of the monkey house for good. While there is still controversy over whether we are the brainiest animals on the planet, it is abundantly clear that we are the handiest.
This manipulative ability is our greatest strength and our most terrible flaw. Without hands we would have no Louvre but also no nerve gas. But, Wilson says, our situation is more complex. Our access to far greater means to achieve our ends gives us a greater hunger for meaning. We long to use our hands to satisfy our needs--whether spiritual or down-to-earth. This creation of meaning from nothing may be our greatest achievement. In the end, The Hand is brightly optimistic, showing that our reach truly does exceed our grasp. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this book with fascination years ago, shortly after it came out. The main part of Dr Wilson's book is the 80 or so pages devoted to a painstaking comparison of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert V. Rose, retired education researcher
Love this book. I'm a manual therapist and enjoyed reading this book a lot. It confirms the genius of hands for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tjasa Cerovsek
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I'm afraid it's what I expected... an obviously intelligent man giving speculation as fact. The real science in the book... as opposed to the theory-as-fact of evolution... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Arden B. Peters
I recently attended a "Science Cafe" where a talk was given about Obama's new Brain-research and possible directions to take that research. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Snakenburg
The philosophical systematic reflection about the abilities, that characterizes what we have been calling Pensamiento Hábil (skillful Thinking)( see Manuel F. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Manuel F. Lorenzo
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