Body in Motion Its Evolution and Design

ISBN-10: 1556439709

ISBN-13: 9781556439704

Edition: 2010

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InThe Body in Motion,author Theodore Dimon confronts a simple yet crucial task: to make sense of our amazing design. This comprehensive guide demonstrates the functions and evolution of specific body systems, explaining how they cooperate to form an upright, intelligent, tool-making marvel, capable of great technological and artistic achievement. Enhanced with 162 beautifully rendered full-color illustrations, the book opens with an introduction to the origins of movement, leading the reader on a journey through time and evolution-from fish to amphibian, quadruped to primate-showing how humans became the preeminent moving beings on the planet. Delving deeper into our upright support system,The Body in Motionclearly describes the workings of the hands and upper limbs; the pelvic girdle; the feet and lower limbs; breathing; the larynx and throat musculature; and more. Central to the book is the idea that it is our upright posture that makes it possible for us to move in an infinite variety of ways, to manipulate objects, to form speech, and to perform the complex rotational movements that underlie many of our most sophisticated skills. These systems, Dimon argues persuasively, have helped us build, invent, create art, explore the world, and imbue life with a contemplative, spiritual dimension that would otherwise not exist.
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Book details

List price: $21.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Origins of Movement
Bones, Muscles, and Movement
The Head and Its Central Role in Movement
Four-Footed Animals and the Role of Posture in Movement
Our Upright Design
Upright Posture and the Evolution of Intelligence
Upright Support-Part I: The Extensors
The Extensors
Stretch Reflexes
The Head and Spine
Head Balance
Upright Support-Part II: The Flexors
Flexors and Our Basic Body Design
The Suspensory Function of the Flexors
Front Length and Head Balance
Upright Support-Part III: The Spine
The Central Column
Origins of the Human Spine
Upright Posture and the Spinal Curves
The Spine as Lengthening Device
The Shoulder Girdle
The Mobile Cross-Piece
The Yard-Arm
From Fins to Limbs
The Floating Shoulder Girdle
The Upper Limb
The Basic Limb Pattern
Modes of Positioning the Hand
The Rotation Mechanism of the Forearm
The Hand
The Opposable Thumb
The Relation of the Upper Limb to the Shoulder and Trunk
The Pelvic Girdle
The Design of the Pelvis
The Upright Compromise
The Arch Design of the Pelvis
The Pelvis in Relation to Lengthening in Stature
The Lower Limb
The Weight-Bearing Limb
The Ankle Joint
The Foot Joints
The Arched Foot
The Toes
Length in the Legs
Our Two-Footed Poise
Why and How We Breathe
The Anatomy of Breathing
The Suspensory Support of the Trunk
Widening the Back
Breathing and Our Upright Design
The Voice
How We Produce Sound
Closure of the Vocal Folds
The Suspensory Muscles of the Larynx
The Larynx and the Breath
The Larynx and the Brain
The Suspensory Muscles of the Throat
The Suspended Throat
Depressing the Larynx
The Throat and Upright Poise
The "Open Throat"
The Jaw
Head Balance Revised
The Spiral Musculature
Rotational Movement and Our Upright Design
The Evolution of Spiral Muscles
Rotational Movement and the Use of the Arms
Anatomy of the Spiral Musculature
Postural Twists
The Suspended Trunk: Our Fishy Ancestry
Our Double-Helix Architecture
Lengthening into the Spirals
The Miracle of the Human Form
Our Upright Suspension System
Our Unique Design Features
Our Higher-Order Design
About the Author and Illustrator
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