How Hands Have Shaped Humanity

Colin McGinn on the importance of the hand—not the brain—to human development

December 6, 2015

Humans are the only creatures on the planet with hands that can knit, draw, throw pots and build houses.  Philosophy Colin McGinn thinks hands made us human -- and deserve more respect.



Imagine if your hands sweat so much that you could not grasp a doorknob, a steering wheel, or your child's hand at a crosswalk? For millions of people with Hyperhidrosis, that is their everyday reality. Please help increase awareness and understanding of this medical condition. See the International Hyperhidrosis Society at for help, support and education. Thank you!