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From: "Bill Sloman"
Subject: Re: OT... Nature at work
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Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 00:18:46 GMT
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"John Jardine" wrote in message
> From birth, I've been afflicted with a small genetic abnormality and
> wondered if any other SED'ers suffered from the same problem?.
> The condition doesn't normally give me undue day to day problems but I
> some physical dificulty when trying to use PC's and some electronic test
> I wouldn't normally bother to mention my 'affliction' but through my
> incapacity I've just had a demolition drill try to wrench my arm out of
> socket. I've been told by researchers that I'm liable to have a shorter
> lifespan than others, (power tools are probably a good reason!) and
> statistically am more liable to suffer mental problems (my family probably
> fully agree with this bit ;-).
> Remarkably, the abnormality does though bring with it some strange
> positive benefits and I wondered if a predisposition to
> electronics/technical, is one of them?.
> Any other left handers out there?
I'm also left-handed. The researchers who thought that they had detected a
shorter life-span in left-handers had actually detected the decreasing
tendency of of teachers to force left-handed kids to write with their right
hands (which is what happened to my father, who died at 82).
You can make an argument that left-handers are actually the 50% of the
basically ambidexterous population who ended choosing their left had for
tasks requiring fine motor control - both parents right-handed, 99% of their
kids are right-handed, both parents left-handed, 50% of their kids are
Because my wife is a psycholinguist (one word) I'm aware that most
right-handers have the same spatial distribution of speech processing
functions in the brain, while left handers are less predictable. If you have
a stroke or other form of brain damage in the speech processing path as a
young adult, your prospects of complete recovery are a lot better if you are
left-handed or ambidextrous.
I saw this as genetic advantage, but since I celebrated my sixtieth birthday
yesterday (with a rather fine party) I can't claim to be a young adult any
Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
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