Friday, April 01, 2011
taken by the hand
I continue to welcome many new readers to the blog, directed here by the article in the New York Times.
If you are new here, I invite you to give greater consideration to your hands. They do thousands of things each day for which we give them little notice. They sense the world around us and then shape it in ways that have in most cases made it more hospitable to us, and yet we give them little credit for their contributions to human life.
Anaxagoras was the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who first discovered nous, or mind, and he also said that "Man is the wisest of all animals because he has hands." And so you can see that the acknowledgement of the role of the hands in shaping human intelligence is not a new thing, but rather something you can explore for yourself.
Make, fix and create. Then create opportunities for others (particularly children) to do the same.