The Lopsided Ape

Evolution of the Generative Mind

Author: Michael C. Corballis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198024521

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

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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

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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

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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: 2633


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

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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

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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.

The Lopsided Christmas Cake

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter,Jean Brunstetter

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ISBN: 1634096037

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Twin sisters, Elma and Thelma Hochstetler volunteer to bake a Christmas cake for an Amish charity auction, only to learn they must demonstrate the whole process on stage in front of an audience. Bumbling their way through, the take-charge Elma and the klutzy optimist Thelma manage to entertain their audience—and attract the admiration of two bachelors, an outspoken woodworker and a shy harness maker from a neighboring community. More than one man will make a staggering bid for their cake. Could a lopsided Christmas cake be the key to opening the door to romance for one or more of the Hochstetler twins?

Louisanna and the Lopsided Kingdom

Author: Myra F. Dingle

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449752160

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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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

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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: 1434366960

Category: Education

Page: 200

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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.