The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Short Essay - Answer Key

Frank R. Wilson
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1. What does Wilson say about our hands and feet as we are about to waken and right after?

Wilson says hands and arms come to life even before waking to belie our total dependence on them as they are skillfully and silently involved in daily activities.

2. What is Wilson's "mission" with this book?

Wilson's mission with this book is to expose the roots of human capacity for passionate, creative work.

3. What aspects of the human capacity for passionate, creative work does Wilson illustrate?

Wilson illustrates the anthropological and evolutionary views, biomechanical and physiological characteristics and neuro behavioral and developmental perspectives of the human capacity for passionate, creative work.

4. What are Australopithecines and what is an example of one?

Australopithecines are the first "southern apes" to walk upright in Africa. "Lucy" is a well-known example from 3.2 million years ago. Her hand is not ape-like, but her brain is chimpanzee-sized.

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