mumford non-specialized law
he had a far richer biological equipment ..a body not specialized for any single activity, and a brain capable of scanning a wider environ and holding all the diff parts of his experience together
from Lewis Mumford’s myth of the machine: (v 1):
no single trait.. not even tool making.. is sufficient to id man.. what is specially and uniquely human is man’s capacity to combine a wide variety of animal propensities into an emergent cultural entity: a human personality.
early man had a much more important asset that extended his whole technical horizon: he had a far richer biological equipment than any other animal, a body not specialized for any single activity, and a brain capable of scanning a wider environ and holding all the diff parts of his experience together.. t.. precisely because of his extraordinary plasticity and sensitivity, he was able to use a large portion of both his external environ and his internal, psychosomatic resources..
specialized: requiring or involving detailed and specific knowledge or training
the principle of monotheism, in contrast, is that man is infinite, that there is no partial quality in him which can be hypostatized into the world.. god, in the monotheistic concept, is unrecognizable and indefinable; god is not a ‘thing’.. if man is created in the likeness of god, he is created as the bearer of infinite qualities.. in idolatry man bows down and submits to the projection of one partial quality in himself.. he does not experience himself as the center from which living acts of love and reason radiate.. he becomes a thing, his neighbor becomes a thing, just as his gods are things.