Michelangelo's Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence
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Michelangelo's Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence

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In this startlingly original and persuasive book, Raymond Tallis shows that it is easy to underestimate the influence of small things in determining what manner of creatures humans are. He argues that the independent movement of the human index finger is one such easily overlooked factor. Indeed, not for nothing is the index finger called the “forefinger.” It is the finger...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Yale University Press (first published February 1st 2010)
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Robert Fischer
Okay, to be fair, I didn't finish this book. I loved Why the Mind is Not a Computer, and went to this book to see what Raymond Tallis had been up to recently. Unfortunately, the introduction and first chapter were hard to get through (self-consciously so, since the book keeps apologizing). In the second chapter, Raymond makes a huge deal about how dogs and chimps can't understand pointing, which is all good stuff...except for the fact that they can. The Duke Canine Cognition Center has done a bu...more
Aug 28, 2011 5pac3m0nkey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: philosophers, zoologists
I almost stopped reading this book. Not because the author lacks authority or knowledge in his quest to establish the significance of pointing in language acquisition, evolutionary progress, and how our minds work. No it was just the overly abstract style of his composition, and an overly philosophical approach to coming to final conclusions. Still, the idea of this book is original; at least I'd never considered how significant pointing truly is. I'd never considered how pointing shaped the evo...more
I heard the author speak on a philosophy now ( or bites ) podcast, about his new book in defense of wonder, I hope that book is better than this one. ok but slow, wordy and not that interesting, does have some good stuff, worth a quick skim if you get it cheap ( or from a library ) . IMO heading for 3 stars
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