What makes us HUMAN? Being able to symbolise, as well as make, use and develop tools. In a phase of stripping discarded technology (my original inspiration comes from Yuval Noah Harari’s books), I featured Printed Circuit Boards from various keyboards in this book. Landscape A4 size, accordion binding. It contains 8 pages.
Page 1- Humans are bipedal primates, capable of language, symbolic thought, and both the creation and use of complex tools.
Page 2- By around 8,000 years ago, humans were using symbols to represent words and concepts. True forms of writing developed over the next few thousand years.
Page 3- The human brain and the activity of its countless neurones and synaptic possibilities contribute to the human mind. The human mind is different from the brain. The brain is the tangible, visible part of the physical body whereas the mind consists of the intangible realm of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and consciousness.
Page 4- Within just the past 12,000 years, our species, Homo sapiens, made the transition to producing food and changing our surroundings. We have been so successful that we have inadvertently created a turning point in the history of life on Earth.
Page 5- While the most advanced species intellectually, technologically, and emotionally—extending human lifespans, creating artificial intelligence, traveling to outer space, showing great acts of heroism, altruism and compassion—humans also have the capacity to engage in primitive, violent, cruel, and self-destructive behaviour.
Page 6- A computer keyboard is a typewriter-style device which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys to act as mechanical levers or electronic switches. It combines standard letters, numbers, comma, period, semicolon, and other punctuation signs, and special keys such as Fn, Ctrl, Alt, Shift, arrow, Caps Lock, Delete, etc.
Page 7- Handwriting is a deeply complex motor skill. It involves several brain faculties at once: sensory, motor, and language centres of the brain, and senses of hearing, sight and touch.
Page 8- References – study.com/academy/lesson/the-evolution-of-humans-characteristics-evolutionary-history.html – humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics/language-symbols – thoughtco.com/what-makes-us-human-4150529 – humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/human-fossils/species/homo-sapiens – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_keyboard – spreeder.com/the-future-of-handwriting-vs-the-future-of-typing-2