As neither the mind nor the soul can be seen, touched, smelt or located, the only approach is through the senses of the body. Thus, even despite the centrality of sex for Freud debate, the human body is vital for psychology.
An author of many articles and books on pre-emptive and preventive mental health work and a frequent lecturer, he has collected the words used to refer to ‘hand’ in almost all known languages.
- He observes how the Osidongo people in Angola, Africa use the word Keso for hand, while the Finns use Käsi.
- The Tibetans used the word Manu, which is similar to the Latin Manus.
Is it a mere accident that different languages have similarities or do they reveal more about human proto-culture?
- Hand in modern English probably comes from (Old English hond, from Proto Germanic. Khanduz. Hand is a widespread Germanic word (similar in German, Dutch and Swedish). The likeliest origin is that it is related to Gothic frahinthan 'seize', 'pursue', Swedish hinna 'reach' and English hunt.
Genetic Evidence to Track How Humans Evolved
One surprising finding is that human populations were quite small prior to the Late Stone Age, perhaps numbering fewer than 2,000 around 70,000 years ago.