Tool Use Is Just a Trick of the Mind
By Michael Balter ScienceNOW Daily News 28 January 2008
Don't take that hammer for granted. Using tools may seem like second nature, but only a few animals can master the coordination and mental sophistication required. So how did primates learn to use tools in the first place? A new study in monkeys suggests that the brain's trick is to treat tools as just another body part.
"This article is saying that human minds are able to understand tools because we understand them as an extension of ourselves. McLuhan, the next focus of archeology?"
Thursday, January 31, 2008
From classfellow R.S.: