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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.



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