The Lopsided Ape

The Evolution of the Generative Mind

Author: Michael C. Corballis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198024521


Page: 384

View: 6109

How great is the evolutionary distance between humans and apes, and what is it that creates that gulf? Philosophers and scientists have debated the question for centuries, but Michael Corballis finds the mystery revealed in our right hands. For humans are the only primates who are predominantly right handed, a sign of the specialization of the left hemisphere of the brain for language. And that specialization, he tells us, makes a massive distance indeed, as he describes what exactly it means to be the lopsided ape. In The Lopsided Ape, Corballis takes us on a fascinating tour of the origins and implications of the specialization of the two halves of the brain--known as laterality--in human evolution. He begins by surveying current views of evolution, ranging from the molecular level--the role of viruses, for instance, in transporting genes between species--to the tremendous implications of such physical changes as walking on two feet. Walking upright freed our ancestors' arms for such things as tool-making and gesturing (a critical part of early language). Corballis argues that the evolution of the brain--and language--was intimately tied up with these changes: The proliferation of objects made by early hominids, in an increasingly artificial environment marked by social cooperation, demanded greater flexibility in communication and even in thinking itself. These evolutionary pressures spurred the development of laterality in the brain. He goes on to look at the structure of language, following the work of Noam Chomsky and others, showing how grammar allows us to create an infinite variety of messages. In examining communication between animals and attempts to teach apes and dolphins language, he demonstrates that only humans have this unlimited ability for expression--an ability that he traces back through hominid evolution. After this engrossing account of what we know about evolution, language, and the human brain, Corballis suggests that the left hemisphere has evolved a Generative Assembling Device, a biological mechanism that allows us to manipulate open-ended forms of representation and provides the basis for mathematics, reasoning, music, art, and play as well as language and manufacture. It is this device, he writes, that truly sets us off from the apes. Both a detailed account of human language and evolution and a convincing argument for a new view of the brain, The Lopsided Ape provides fascinating insight into our origins and the nature of human thought itself.

The Lopsided Spread of Christianity

Toward an Understanding of the Diffusion of Religions

Author: Robert L. Montgomery

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275973612

Category: Religion

Page: 190

View: 7277

One would think, from the biblical injunction to go into all the world that Christianity would have radiated fairly evenly in all directions from its birth place. A retired missionary, teacher and minister who writes about the sociology of religion sets out an explanation for why, instead, it spread


A Memoir

Author: Meredith Norton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101202912

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 9890

By the age of thirty -four , Meredith Norton had been a hymnal editor, art restorer, game-show producer, and a public school teacher. She'd even lived in a tree house and shepherded goats in Minorca. But none of these unusual experiences prepared her for the most dramatic turn her life would take: the diagnosis of an aggressive form of breast cancer. In this brilliantly funny and irreverent memoir, Norton approaches the disease with a refreshing combination of humor and tenacity, railing against victimhood and self-pity and refusing to become a stereotype. Told with a razor-sharp wit akin to David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, Lopsided is most definitely not a typical cancer memoir; it's the bitingly funny debut of a natural-born social observer.

Lopsided Schools

Case Method Briefings

Author: Gerard Giordano, PhD, professor of education, University of North Florida

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 1607097885

Category: Education

Page: 232

View: 6729

Lopsided Schools introduces readers to the case method. It is intended for school administrators, instructors, guidance counselors, teacher trainers, school board members, parents, and the general public. It helps them use the case method to examine the scholastic challenges that critics posed from World War I to the present.

Lopsided Laughs

Author: Rick Duncan & Tina Glasner

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452090181

Category: Humor

Page: 200

View: 822

LOPSIDED LAUGHS, a collaboration of author Rick Duncan and illustrator/editor Tina Glasner, is a book of 100 humorous poems and illustrations. This book is for adults who have a sense of fun and love of engaging visual imagery, paired with clever writing. Topics vary from observations about the life of an artist, love, bad habits, doctors, cats, playing games, organized religion, differences between men and women, to much more. The mood ranges from playful to ironic to lovable, giving this an added appeal. This is for people who like puns, people in and out of relationships, and people who relish a poke at an absurd society's customs. Due to the triple punch of poem, punning byline, and illustration, people take time with it—a call to the puzzle solvers among us.

Lopsided Conversations

Collected Dialogues Vol.1

Author: John O'Loughlin

Publisher: Centretruths Digital Media

ISBN: 1446695972

Category: Philosophy

Page: 362

View: 8536

LOPSIDED CONVERSATIONS is volume one of a projected two-volume 'collected dialogues' by John O'Loughlin which moves from a relatively dramatic - even play-like - beginning towards a more systematically philosophical approach to the genre which, fittingly, culminates with an aphoristic appendix that both summarizes and crowns this immense literary project.

Louisanna and the Lopsided Kingdom

Author: Myra F. Dingle

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449752160

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

View: 4636

Louisanna lives with her grandmother, Nimee, in a huge house on a lonely northern island. Her only companion is her nanny, Cerena, who has come to realize that Louisanna has inherited her grandmother’s “second sight.” Louisanna is drawn by a force she does not understand to climb the green hill near their house. Once Louisanna reaches the top of the green hill, she finds herself in another time and place, in a kingdom where Satan is all-powerful, and nothing is as it should be. Everyone she meets seems to have been expecting her, and even though she does not understand why, she courageously takes on Satan and his minions with the help of many strange and interesting creatures and beings she has met along the way. Little does Louisanna know that Satan has plans for her that include a journey through the very heart of his darkest realms and to use her as a ploy in his plan to once again make himself higher than God.

Leonardo the Lopsided Lion

Author: Larry McKenzie

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1466959789

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 28

View: 6430

The story is of a disabled Lion who left his pride to find the secret of life. In an ancient City of Gold he finds the secret of life- his laughter and to live happily ever after.

Nibiru Rediscovery, a Lopsided Mars and Ancient Longitudes

Author: Richard A. Day

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434366979

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 2217

Nibiru, a planet known to ancients, had disappeared from astronomy. Its rediscovery was heralded by finding its description in old Mesoamerican ruins. These ruins tell where Nibiru is at present and where it was when the ruins were built.

Sold Down the Yangtze

Canada's lopsided investment deal with China

Author: Angus Van Harten

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company

ISBN: 1459410734

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

View: 8335

When legal experts finally saw the terms of the investment deal Canada had signed with China, they could hardly believe what their eyes. The deal was unprecedented -- Canada had never given so much away to a trading partner. But Ottawa did not allow a full public review, and ultimately ratified the deal in 2014 with no changes. And the government moved forward with other trade deals that contain many of the same flaws. In this book, investment treaty expert Gus Van Harten offers the first-ever independent take on the details of the China-Canada investment deal and what it means for Canadians. Many of the deal's provisions are so extreme that readers may find it almost impossible to believe that the Canadian government agreed to them. He explains how this agreement, and others like it, give multinational corporations and rich investors superpowers over governments. Secretive courts staffed by private lawyers, not judges, are able to order governments to pay these investors billions for policies and decisions they object to. In simple language and easy to follow analysis, Van Harten offers a window into this secretive and obscure world. He documents the many ways Canadians lose out in the China-Canada deal, and how taxpayers may find themselves footing the bill for billions of dollars to Chinese investors who object to the actions of democratically-elected municipal, provincial and federal governments. This deal -- in place for a minimum 15 years -- includes terms that may well turn up in other trade and investment agreements. Gus Van Harten offers practical steps for a better, more informed public debate on this vital topic.

Lopsided Priorities

Differences Between Print and Online Newspaper Agendas

Author: Thomas H. Mentzer

Publisher: N.A



Page: 60

View: 1833


Free to Lean

Making Peace with Your Lopsided Life

Author: Jocelyn Green

Publisher: Discovery House

ISBN: 1627077456

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 7915

Do you feel like you have a lopsided life? Good. You’re normal! Instead of constantly trying to “fix” our lives by achieving some perfect balance that doesn’t exist, let’s dump the guilt and admit that we need to lean into God. His perfect plan for us includes seasons of life when we may be more focused on caring for our children or our elderly parents, working for pay, or volunteering at church. Free to Lean gives you permission to recognize the season you're in and live in harmony with it.

Advances in Plant Physiological Phenomena Research and Application: 2012 Edition


Author: N.A

Publisher: ScholarlyEditions

ISBN: 1464998221

Category: Science

Page: 201

View: 2655

Advances in Plant Physiological Phenomena Research and Application / 2012 Edition is a ScholarlyBrief™ that delivers timely, authoritative, comprehensive, and specialized information about Plant Physiological Phenomena in a concise format. The editors have built Advances in Plant Physiological Phenomena Research and Application / 2012 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about Plant Physiological Phenomena in this eBook to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Advances in Plant Physiological Phenomena Research and Application / 2012 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at

Policy matters

economic and social policies to sustain equitable development

Author: José Antonio Ocampo

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842778357

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 347

View: 9508

International Finance and Development offers a comprehensive survey of the major financing issues influencing economic development since the historic Monterrey Consensus of the International Conference on Financing for Development in 2002. As most recent international private capital flows have been unlikely to significantly enhance new productive investments in the developing countries, it is necessary to design appropriate mechanisms to ensure they contribute to development. However, recent trends in official development financing offer some grounds for optimism, although much more needs to be done. External debt problems of many developing countries, especially the least developed countries, seem likely to continue to constrain their prospects for development. The final part on systemic issues highlights new concerns and the modest progress in ensuring that the international monetary and financial system better serves economic growth and development throughout the world, especially in the developing countries.

Pioneering the Human Development Revolution

An Intellectual Biography of Mahbub Ul Haq

Author: Khadija Haq,Richard Ponzio

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 266

View: 9206

Contributed articles on Mahbub ul Haq, 1934-1998, Pakistani economist.

Lopsided growth

political economy of Indian development

Author: Pradhan H. Prasad

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 125

View: 5135

These essays explore the factors that slow Indian economic and political development. Prasad argues that the Indian preoccupation with investment planning and neglect of institutional transformation inhibits development, and that unless "semi-feudal" production relations are eliminated, development will be impossible. The work addresses a wide range of subjects including macroeconomic plan models, choice of techniques, growing political assertiveness by the middle peasantry, causes of agrarian violence, and uneven regional growth.

Barney the Lopsided Mule

Author: And Son,Liz Hughey

Publisher: Children's Mule Packing

ISBN: 9781719905640

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 28

View: 1068

Barney stars as the lead character in Liz's first children's book in the Children's Mule Packing Series. Illustrated by Bonnie Shields, 'The Mule Artist', Barney the Lopsided Mule will make children and parent's grin and laugh with his tall, wide ears, and lopsided saddle. Children will learn about mules and the wonderful world of outfitting along with the benefits of eating a healthy, balanced diet end enjoying the outdoors responsibly. Barney the Lopsided Mule is a great introduction to our nation's National Forests, the back country, and the animals that can take you there. Book one in the series. Be sure to pick them all up. They make wonderful gifts for the children in your life.

The Lopsided World

Author: Barbara Ward

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393098051

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 126

View: 2148