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A Left Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing…
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A Left Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All… (vuoden 2006 painos)

– tekijä: David Wolman (Tekijä)

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Are Southpaws really more creative, or is that just a myth? Is there a gene for left-handedness? David Wolman--a lefty, and proud of it--sets out to answer these and other questions on a journey through the world of the left-hander. Traveling from the halls of history to the halls of science, Wolman explores a Scottish castle designed for left-handed swordfights, visits a Paris museum to inspect nineteenth-century brains that hold clues to this biological puzzle, consults an Indian palm reader, subjects his own brain to research in a basement laboratory in California, and sits with a primatologist in Atlanta whose chimpanzees may hold the key to the evolutionary mystery of left-handedness. Along the way, Wolman meets fellow left-handers who share his sense of kinship and help him uncover the essence of Southpaw. There is sinister Diabolos Rex, follower of the Left Hand Path; left-handed handwriting analysts; and John Evans, an amputee whose left hand was reattached to his right arm. In Japan, Wolman tees off with the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers, and seeks wisdom from a left-handed baseball legend and a world renowned biologist. A seamless blend of science, travel, culture, and humor, this inquisitive exploration of all things Southpaw is sure to be the perfect book for lefties and the righties who love them.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:BenTucker
Teoksen nimi:A Left Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw
Kirjailijat:David Wolman (Tekijä)
Info:Da Capo Press (2006), 248 pages
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As a lefty, I was intrigued by this book (anyone remember "The Simpsons" episode where Flanders opens his southpaw store "The Leftorium"?) and all things southpaw. This was an interesting read, but it did get cumbersome at times in the middle, when Wolman dove right into the inner workings of the brain and got a little too scientific.

There are a lot of misconceptions about handedness. One is that those who use both hands are ambidextrous. That isn't entirely true. A more accurate way to describe those people would be "mixed-handedness." A true ambidextrous person uses both hands with EQUAL ability. Then there's the whole part about being a strong left. It can get a bit confusing.

"Whereas early humans who smelled like saber-tooth tiger bait would have been selected out of the population, lefties, as far as anyone can tell, have been stubbornly present in human history, suggesting Southpaws are here for a reason," Wolman writes. ( )
  DBrigandi | Jul 3, 2017 |
As a lefty, I was intrigued by this book (anyone remember "The Simpsons" episode where Flanders opens his southpaw store "The Leftorium"?) and all things southpaw. This was an interesting read, but it did get cumbersome at times in the middle, when Wolman dove right into the inner workings of the brain and got a little too scientific.

There are a lot of misconceptions about handedness. One is that those who use both hands are ambidextrous. That isn't entirely true. A more accurate way to describe those people would be "mixed-handedness." A true ambidextrous person uses both hands with EQUAL ability. Then there's the whole part about being a strong left. It can get a bit confusing.

"Whereas early humans who smelled like saber-tooth tiger bait would have been selected out of the population, lefties, as far as anyone can tell, have been stubbornly present in human history, suggesting Southpaws are here for a reason," Wolman writes. ( )
  DBrigandi | Jul 3, 2017 |
The number of words used to describe left-handedness that have negative connotations are rife. This is the story of one lefties trip to try to find out the why of left-handedness and if humans are unique.

His conclusion? That the scientists are still kinda stumped and unsure what's the reasoning but that some of them are arguing that handedness is a spectrum rather than a fixed thing.

For a leftie it's interesting, for everyone it has something to say. Assumption is interesting and it's also a situation that until people stop trying to force people to use particular hands for tasks we will not really understand it properly. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 3, 2009 |
everything you wanted to know about handedness (left AND right)...and then some
  bstander | Jul 15, 2006 |
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Are Southpaws really more creative, or is that just a myth? Is there a gene for left-handedness? David Wolman--a lefty, and proud of it--sets out to answer these and other questions on a journey through the world of the left-hander. Traveling from the halls of history to the halls of science, Wolman explores a Scottish castle designed for left-handed swordfights, visits a Paris museum to inspect nineteenth-century brains that hold clues to this biological puzzle, consults an Indian palm reader, subjects his own brain to research in a basement laboratory in California, and sits with a primatologist in Atlanta whose chimpanzees may hold the key to the evolutionary mystery of left-handedness. Along the way, Wolman meets fellow left-handers who share his sense of kinship and help him uncover the essence of Southpaw. There is sinister Diabolos Rex, follower of the Left Hand Path; left-handed handwriting analysts; and John Evans, an amputee whose left hand was reattached to his right arm. In Japan, Wolman tees off with the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers, and seeks wisdom from a left-handed baseball legend and a world renowned biologist. A seamless blend of science, travel, culture, and humor, this inquisitive exploration of all things Southpaw is sure to be the perfect book for lefties and the righties who love them.

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