Our survival is directly tied to our ability to create, or find, food and shelter, though we as a species shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel too special because of this. From birds weaving elaborate nests, to beavers building dams, and spiders creating traps for their food, we are just like every other species in our biological need to make. What does set us apart, perhaps, is that we’ve reached a point where many people grow up without the ability to personally create any of the things (food, clothing, shelter) that they need for survival. Similar to its poll of teenagers mentioned earlier, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults in 2009, and found that 58% have never made or built a toy, and 60% admit t...
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