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From one of my e-mail correspondents:

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Scientists say left-handed people may be smarter in one key way

Shana Lebowitz
Dec. 4, 2015, 3:55 PM

Who's smarter — righties or lefties?

As is so often the case with social science research, the frustrating answer is "it depends."

But there are certain cognitive domains where left-handed people do seem to excel. One such area is called "divergent thinking," or the ability to generate new ideas based on existing information.

That's according to 1995 research by psychologist Stanley Coren, which was cited more recently in a New Yorker article. Coren conducted several experiments that suggest left-handedness is associated with superior divergent thinking, at least in men.

In one experiment, nearly 1,000 men and women had to think of ways to combine two commonplace objects not typically used together, like a pole and a tin can. In another, participants had to organize a series of words into as many different categories as possible.

Results showed that left-handed men performed better on these measures of divergent thinking than right-handed men — although there was no such difference for women.

Coren was able to effectively rule out the possibility that lefties are simply smarter overall by administering a test of convergent thinking, which involves applying existing knowledge and rules to come up with a correct answer.

Participants had to indicate which word in a series didn't fit the pattern — and righties performed slightly better.

In the paper, Coren notes that his results might help explain why lefties are more common among mathematicians, architects, artists, and chess experts.

More recent research, cited in the New Yorker article, has found that lefties demonstrate superior spatial skills, mental flexibility, and working memory.

Although none of these findings prove that lefties are more intelligent, they do suggest that they have certain cognitive advantages. Those advantages may influence not only their performance in psychological experiments, but also the professional paths they pursue and the areas they thrive in.

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My e-mail correspondent must be googling. Her husband is left-handed.

And more research!

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It's official, left-handed people are smarter
10/24/2018, 4:57 pm Link to this post PM Bellelettres
 
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Brett and Andrew are left-handed; Cameron and I are right-handed. So we have a divided household. emoticon

I'm reminded from time to time that left-handed people are the only ones in their right minds. emoticon

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This started a conversation in my e-mail correspondents list. We've got two lefties there, and one of them has a mother who does mirror writing, which brought us to lefty Leonardo da Vinci. Robbie is in classy company.
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Technically i am left handed although i do many things right handed. As an example i learned to play golf right handed on an old set of clubs that my grandfather gave me. And while i was a youngster, i taught myself to write both right habded and left handed. I did so because of the construction of student desks. And because of the messy nature of writing left handed, particularly when writing on a chalkboard or white board. As an adult iI use my leftt hand when writing on paper, and my tight hand when writing on chalkboards or white boards. I just chose not to be covered in chalk or magic marker. There are just countless activities that are designed for right handed people And us leftues must make concessions of one form or other.



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Some of us lefties write with our hands curved over the letters; some of us write with our hands below where we're writing.

It sounds like you're a curved-hand leftie, Hawk. You're in good company with Obama. I'm a straight-hand person, so I don't have the ink-stained or chalk-smeared problem.

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Do you all know about mirror-writing?

Mirror writing is formed by writing in the direction that is the reverse of the natural way for a given language, such that the result is the mirror image of normal writing: it appears normal when it is reflected in a mirror. It is sometimes used as an extremely primitive form of cipher. A common modern usage of mirror writing can be found on the front of ambulances, where the word "AMBULANCE" is often written in very large mirrored text, so that drivers see the word the right way around in their rear-view mirror.
 
Some people are able to produce handwritten mirrored text. Notably, Leonardo da Vinci wrote most of his personal notes in this way. Mirror writing calligraphy was popular in the Ottoman Empire, where it often carried mystical associations.

Ability to write mirrored text
Research suggests that the ability to produce handwritten mirror writing is probably inherited and caused by atypical language organization in the brain.[clarification needed][1] It is not known how many people in the population inherit the ability to write mirrored text, but an informal Australian newspaper experiment identified 10 true mirror-writers in a readership of 65,000.[2] Half of the children of people with the ability inherit it. A higher proportion of left-handed people are better mirror writers than right-handed people, perhaps because it is more natural for a left-hander to write backwards.[3] 15% of left-handed people have the language centres in both halves of their brain. The cerebral cortex and motor homunculus are affected by this, causing the person to be able to read and write backwards quite naturally.

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Do you all know about mirror-writing?




Yep. I can do it easily.

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Wow!
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LOCK HIM UP!


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Ha! Perfect!

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Glad you dig, Ms. Mod!

My wife and I went to the Shelburne Museum on Sunday morning. They open up the place to kids in costumes and everyone who works their hands out treats to all of the little ghosts and ghouls. Our daughter is all grown up and living in NYC, so we go to see the kids and to just take in the fall colors.

They had dozens and dozens of jack-o'-lanterns on display but this one really stood out. I snapped a couple pictures of it, for posterity's sake.

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This is a time in history when art is going cazy: resistance art. It's a good idea to keep records of it.
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Petty, unworthy, unimportant, small-minded whine follows:

I have no siblings, but I do have a bunch of cousins. All but two of us grew up fairly near each other in the Puget Sound area and saw each other fairly frequently. My dad's sister and her husband had three children with whom I was closest in age (I was two years younger than their youngest) and spent many summer vacations at their summer place on an island in the Sound. Their first two were boys; the youngest was my only girl cousin and I tried to be just like her when I was a kid.

We all grew up and went various ways, seeing each other less, chiefly on major occasions. Their eldest was never particularly chummy with us. Their middle was a wild child, but eventually became God's best friend and spokesman. The youngest married comfortably. Everyone still lived in the general area.

The one who knows God better than everyone is, of course, an evangelical Christian and solid Republican. Toward the end of Obama's second term he opined on Facebook he could hardly wait until we could get a Christian in office and return to the Christian principles the Founding Fathers intended. I delivered myself of a rant about "no religious test to hold office" and the fact that the Founding Fathers not only did not intend that the country be bound by Christian principles, it went the exact opposite direction in order to make sure there was no official religion. Then I unfriended him.

He knew when I converted to Judaism. He didn't like it.

This year I got a Christmas card from him and his wife. It's a reproduction of three pictures of him, his wife, and their family. I recognize him and his wife, their daughter and her husband. There are a bunch of young adults with them, some of whom must be their children, and everyone is dressed up as if for a wedding. I have no idea who any of those young people is, nor what the occasion was. The printed message on the card wished me a "wonderful, Christ-filled Christmas and a blessed 2019." Their name at the bottom was also pre-printed.

So...
*I got a card from someone I don't want to interact with
*The card contained pictures of an unidentified event
*The pictures showed unidentified people
*The card extols their religion, not mine, and wants to cover me in theirs

What on earth was the point, cousin?

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I think you should reply by withing them Happy Hanukkah. Maybe send them one of the Harry Kemmelmann Rabbi books.

My first husband's aunt and her husband were liberal Democratic agnostics who had been raised fundamentalist Christians. They had a delightful friend, who was one of the wittiest people I ever met until he joined the Socialist Workers Party, at which point he became a humorless bore whose conversation consisted of attempts to convert everyone to Trotskyism. He was openly contemptuous of liberals for being candy asses who didn't have the guts for revolution. When he sent my husband's uncle a subscription to The Militant (the SWP newsletter), the uncle replied by sending him a subscription to the Baptist Standard.
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I'm sorry you experienced that, Robbie, though I have a pretty good idea what probably happened.

As it happens, I'm putting together my family's holiday letter today. I send the same letter out to everyone because in many cases, it's the only communication I have with some people each year. Some don't know Brett or the boys; some know Brett but not me. But to be honest, though I want to keep contact with everyone and keep them up on important events for us, I just don't have the time to personalize each letter.

It sounds like your cousin and his wife had the cards pre-printed and sent the same out to everyone. It would have been better if they had identified the event and the people, but sometimes people don't think of it.

I wonder if your cousin's wife completed the holiday card list and wasn't aware that you and her husband had gotten into it.

At any rate, I wouldn't dream of sending out cards that insisted on a "Christ-filled Christmas" to anyone -- especially a non-Christian. I get my fair share of sentiments like that from friends -- "Don't forget to keep the CHRIST in Christmas" and such. I just try to remember that their intention is to wish me well and I place my emphasis there. emoticon

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Belle, I just ordered a few Festivus cards. I'm going to send them one.

Lis, the cousin's wife has serious Alzheimer's. She didn't send the cards.

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Ah, okay. I hope sending the Festivus card helps. emoticon

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I’m putting this here instead of RR because it delves a bit into politics.

I’m realizing that the toxic US political situation is upsetting me so much that it’s not good for me. I’m angry about our country being led (if you can call what trump does “leadership”) by a narcissistic, bullying pathological liar, and depressed that my vote isn’t enough to remedy that. I suspect that my recent occasional bouts of insomnia may be related to my inability to chill out.

I’ve cut way back on participating in online forums, but I need to do more. I just purchased a meditation app and am going to try that.

I’ve been praying, praying for - believe it or not - God to bless trump in hopes that he’ll stop being mean and cruel, and will stop lying so that people can once again believe him.

I guess I’m praying for a miracle, but this is for my emotional well being.

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It's way more than just your emotional well-being, Birdz. I've been fighting depression since November, 2016.

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