“According to Iriki and Sakura (2008, 2232) “it appeared that either the rake was being assimilated into the image of the hand or, alternatively, the image of the hand was extending to incorporate the tool.” (Malafouris, 165)
“Stone tools have given hominins a window onto a whole new set of skills and ways of thinking that allow for greater variation and flexibility.” (Malafouris, 169)
In reading chapter eight of Malafouris I drew some parallels between the study of the monkeys with the use of rakes as tools and the connections that my own brain began to make as we learned how to three-D print. “The image of the hand was extending to incorporate the tool” resonated with me, I could see that the image on the screen in front of me became my pottery wheel, the screen no longer isolated me from the project but drew me in, teaching me to ignore the separation of hand and embrace the connection between myself and the tool I was interacting with. In the same way that stone tools shaped the way that early hominins thought, the three-D printing software taught me a different way to approach problems. When creating a physical object with your hands, you start building one way and continue to build on top of that, with three-D printing software you can begin infinite different ways and at any time stop, restart, or go back to one certain point in your creations history. Three-D printing is a new way that technology will start to challenge hominins minds, and even now they are changing the way that we think.