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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Music can be considered a language with a complex grammar of its own, almost as complex as ours, Oliver sacks published a few weeks ago a very interesting book about this, which I recommend to take a look at.

The only reason I see for gestural language not being able to evolve as much as spoken one is because it did not
emerged from it a grammatical system that can lead it to more complex stages and functionality, maybe it is the evolutionary process that "considered better to evolve the grammar in spoken languages", because they have the
advantage of allowing communication without the need to look at each other, allowing while talking, walking, hunting or fighting at the same time.


I am really interested in the idea that gesture is the first form of language. There is some research that suggests that even vocalization is deeply embedded in the brain and can be traced back through evolutionary pathways to intentional vocalizations. It seems that this idea contradicts the idea that gestures precede vocalization.

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