Mental and Manual

The key move in this sentence from Boris Rybak Anachroniques is the coinage of the term “psycho-manuel”.

La recherche scientifique est une mobilisation psycho-manuelle constante du chercheur

Scientific research is constant mobilization of the researcher’s mental and manual faculties

“Psycho-motor” is an alternative way of capturing the imaginative and cognitive work that goes hand-in-hand, so to say, with physical activity.

Elsewhere in the same collection of reviews Rybak remarks upon the import of the hand for humans as a species:

Cette conscience, prolongée par un organe polyvalent, la main, fait que non seulement Homo sapiens est capable d’une activité réfléchie, qui le mène à poser notamment le problème de sa signification et de celle du monde, mais aussi d’une activité créatrice concrète. […] c’est ce qui rend unique la position d’Homo sapiens et donne sa grandeur à son psychisme créateur.

I like the description of the multi-valued (polyvalent) hand as connected with reasoning power and both combine to provide the essence of Homo sapiens as a thinking-creating being.

And so for day 220

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