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Book Title: Thumbs, Toes, and Tears|
The author of the book: Chip Walter
Edition: Walker Books Ltd
Date of issue: May 26th 2009
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ISBN 13: 9780802718846
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The fascinating evolutionary links between six seemingly unremarkable traits that make us the very remarkable creatures we are.
Countless behaviors separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom, but all of them can be traced one way or another to six traits that are unique to the human race-our big toe, our opposable thumb, our oddly shaped pharynx, and our ability to laugh, kiss, and cry. At first glance these may not seem to be connected but they are. Each marks a fork in the evolutionary road where we went one way and the rest of the animal kingdom went another. Each opens small passageways on the peculiar geography of the human heart and mind.
Walter weaves together fascinating insights from complexity theory, the latest brain scanning techniques, anthropology, artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, and robotics to explore how the smallest of changes over the past six million years - all shaped by the forces of evolution -- have enabled a primate once on the brink of extinction to evolve into a creature that would one day create all of the grand and exuberant edifices of human culture.
As the story of each trait unfolds, Walter explains why our brains grew so large and complex, why we find one another sexually attractive, how toolmaking laid the mental groundwork for language, why we care about what others think, and how we became the creature that laughs and cries and falls in love. Thumbs, Toes and Tears is original, informative, and delightfully thought-provoking.
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Read information about the authorChip Walter is the author of Last Ape Standing, a former CNN Bureau Chief, documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. His articles have been published in Slate, The Economist, Wall St. Journal, Scientific American and many other publications and his books have been published in six languages. His other books include, Thumbs, Toes and Tears -- And Other Traits That Make Us HUman; I'm Working on That (written with William Shatner) and Space Age (a companion volume to the PBS series of the same title).
He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Cyndy. Their four children are scattered all over the country, but they are still a family.
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