Hand, Brain, & Self:
Human Skill in the Evolution of Consciousness
Monte Verità CSF Conference "Hand, Brain and Technology"
Ascona, Switzerand, September 7-12, 2014
In 1511, when Michelangelo painted the hand of God reaching toward the hand of
Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he gave the Renaissance not just its
single most iconic image but its most potent spiritual and psychological
message: the human hand is an instrument whose highest use requires more than
mere physical control. Michelangelo's message has resonated deeply with both
religious and secular thinkers for over 500 years, but this may not be the time
to discard it. Indeed, it is Dr. Wilson’s thesis that this message has acquired
renewed importance by challenging us to think critically (and humanly) about the
science and technology that are revolutionizing our understanding of ourselves,
our lives, and our future.