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barts
01-30-2008, 04:15 AM
Interesting article: Tool Use Is Just a Trick of the Mind:


"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."

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/128/2

- Bart

Rusty Marlin
01-30-2008, 07:30 AM
Interesting article: Tool Use Is Just a Trick of the Mind:


"... the brain's trick is to treat tools as just another body part."

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/128/2

- Bart

No wonder men don't like to give up tools. Its like carving off body parts.

BobWarfield
01-30-2008, 11:14 AM
Yeah, but Evan has shown us with his mill that it isn't the size of your tool, but how you use it that matters.

Cheers,

BW

sconisbee
01-30-2008, 12:08 PM
Tool use is a trick of the mind? oh damn im stuffed then i dont have a mind:P

Interesting article tho!

andy_b
01-30-2008, 12:27 PM
that would make sense, since instructors normally tell you to think of the tool as an extension of your arm/leg/fingers/etc. i am sure our ancestors did the same thing.

andy b.

rfrey
01-30-2008, 02:17 PM
Yeah, but Evan has shown us with his mill that it isn't the size of your tool, but how you use it that matters.


Ultra-high speed? :D

Mcostello
01-30-2008, 09:54 PM
Anyone here need any bigger machines?:)