This post started when I found the video included below. My intention was to write about how hands work to put things together. However, the original thought evolved into something more. I found pictures, anatomical information and a link to the wonderful post by Steve McCurry.
I hope you enjoy this.
From an anatomy standpoint
“A hand is a prehensile, multi-fingered extremity located at the end of an arm or forelimb of primates such as humans, chimpanzees, monkeys, and lemurs. A few other vertebrates such as the koala (which has two opposable thumbs on each “hand” and fingerprints remarkably similar to human fingerprints) are often described as having either “hands” or “paws” on their front limbs.
Fingers are some of the densest areas of nerve endings on the body, are the richest source of tactile feedback, and have the greatest positioning capability of the body; thus the sense of touch is intimately associated with hands. Like other paired organs (eyes, feet, legs), each hand is dominantly controlled by the opposing brain hemisphere, so that handedness, or the preferred hand choice for single-handed activities such as writing with a pencil, reflects individual brain functioning.
Some evolutionary anatomists use the term hand to refer to the appendage of digits on the forelimb more generally — for example, in the context of whether the three digits of the bird hand involved the same homologousloss of two digits as in the dinosaur hand.
The human hand has 27 bones, not including the sesamoid bone, the number of which varies between people. 14 of which are the phalanges (proximal, intermediate and distal) of the fingers. The metacarpals are the bones that connects the fingers and the wrist. Each human hand has 5 metacarpals and 8 carpal bones.”
Hands are very powerful in every sense of the word.
They express so many things. They can “talk” in sign language, they can show tenderness and love, they work hard to put things together. Like spoken language, they convey our innermost feelings. They are the perfect means of expression. They are an extension of ourselves. They show how we feel: happy, nervous, sad, creative, purposeful, angry, violent.
They can help and they can hurt.
The sense of touch is so revealing of the the individual’s intention.
“Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say. They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration to joy, understanding, love, and compassion.”
“Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs. They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us. They soothe and caress. They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.”
~~CHARLES FLOWERS INTRODUCTION TO ELLIOTT ERWITT’S HANDBOOK~~
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
~~RUMI (1207 – 1273)~~
~~Honda ‘Hands’ – The power of dreams~~
~~Published on Jun 29, 2014~~
This amazing commercial from Honda shows the power of human hands, and their ability to transform the simplest of things into complicated machines. Please visit and subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/MadOverAd to watch more amazing commercials from around the world.