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From: "John Jardine"
Subject: Re: OT... Nature at work
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 01:03:53 -0000
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John Woodgate wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that John Jardine
> wrote (in This is inaccurate and irresponsible advice you have been given. There
> is, AIUI, a weak correlation between left-handedness and dyslexia, which
> you don't appear to have. Other correlations are more or less equally
> weak. The best recipe for a long life is to have long-lived relatives.
> > 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?
> Being left-handed (which I'm not) is no more 'genetically abnormal' than
> having blue eyes (which I had before they faded), and much more 'normal'
> that having green or violet eyes (or eyes of different colour) or red
> However, the weak correlation with dyslexia is also something associated
> with 'left-brainedness', and that does predispose to technical rather
> than, or in addition to, artistic subjects.
> Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only.
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I phrased the post in a manner, the detail of which, I knew would be quickly
picked up by only a lefties built in radar. Bill and John instantly knew
what was going down, as they are paid up members of the same club.
A lifetime of living in a righthand world gives us lefties a uniquely shared
experience with regard to many common day to day operations that are simply
*not* experienced by right handers (I must include the ambidextrous here).
The case in point was the 'dodgy' (to us poor buggers) 'lock on' trigger of
any power tool. I also well remember a ludicrously heated argument with a
colleague, over his inability to even comprehend that I could have
difficulty using a pair of scissors.
The details I made note of were really quoted for disinterested amusement
but the lefties lifespan correlation turned up from work done only couple of
years ago. (New Scientist passim) and is statistically highly significant,
although the causes are still being talked about. I agree the mental problem
aspect has only a weak positive fit but it does exist and is not a negative
The genetic basis though has pretty much now been proved, along with a
strong correlation with the Blonde hair-Blue eye Northern races (I'm Brown
(I read somewhere the British phrase "Kerr handed", originated from a
uniquely left handed Scottish clan).
I was hoping maybe that some lefties out there perhaps had one or two tips
on making use of that interesting looking numeric keypad on the PC k/b, or
an optimum strategy on using a mouse. Or possibly some LH 'edge' philosophy
that can be made use of.
It looks like there's only about three of us, so bang goes my
'predisposition' theory ;-). (assuming of course there's more than 30
people thronging SED.)
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