Right Hand, Left Hand

Right Hand, Left Hand

The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures

Book - 2002
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- Why are most people right-handed? Do left-handers behave differently from right-handers? - Why is the heart on the left-hand side of the body? - Why is each side of the human brain so different? - Why do the British drive on the left? Why do European languages go from left to right, while Arabic ones read the other way? - Why do clocks go clockwise? - What is the relationship between handedness and speech disorders, such as stuttering? RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND uses sources as diverse as the paintings of Rembrandt and the sculpture of Michelangelo, the behaviour of Canadian cichlid fish and the story of early cartography. Modern cognitive science, the history of the Wimbledon tennis championship and the biographies of great musicians are also used to explain the vast repertoire of left-right symbolism that permeates our everyday lives.
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2002
ISBN: 9780297645979
Branch Call Number: 152.335 MCM
Characteristics: xix, 412 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 07, 2018

I liked the more scientific aspects, although the socio-cultural findings were insightful as well. It is very easy to come up with one's own answer as to how some statistics came to be-proving it is something else entirely! Complex and numerous steps that led us to such asymmetry is spelled out in the end in his discussion which includes the rare condition "situs inversus" and the "situs gene". Some 15 years hence, a brief internet search reveals involvement of many genes with variants, its inheritance depending on an unknown pattern of factors.

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