4.0364 Handedness (2/31)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 6 Aug 90 22:16:58 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 0364. Monday, 6 Aug 1990.

(1) Date: Fri, 03 Aug 90 22:44:55 EDT (16 lines)
From: Stephen Clausing <SCLAUS@YALEVM>
Subject: left-handed people

(2) Date: Fri, 03 Aug 90 20:32:04 EDT (15 lines)
From: Germaine Warkentin <WARKENT@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: [Handedness --eds]

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Date: Fri, 03 Aug 90 22:44:55 EDT
From: Stephen Clausing <SCLAUS@YALEVM>
Subject: left-handed people

When I took my SATs in high school, they made all left-handed people,
which included me, go into a separate room. I assumed at the time that
this was done throughout the country that year in order to test whether
lefties would score better than other people. But I never heard the
results. As a teacher I always observe which students are left-handed,
and I have yet to see any pattern, which has always disappointed me.
For whatever it is worth, I am good at math and science and music, but
terrible at drawing, visualizing shapes, etc. I am also a computational
linguist. I wonder if we could ask everyone on Humanist whether they
are right or left-handed? I suppose this would be impractical and the
results hardly scientific, but the answers might be interesting if it
could be done.
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Date: Fri, 03 Aug 90 20:32:04 EDT
From: Germaine Warkentin <WARKENT@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: [Handedness --eds]

To Douglas de Lacey: yes, the name _does_ elicit the information, in fact
a torrent of it! Does this help? To Mary Dee Harris: I too grew up in
a different mental world from most of my friends, male or female.
Partly it was left-handedness, partly the fact that if I had any
mathematical ability, it disappeared under the usual math-blockage women
of my generation often gave in to. But I was quite good at logic in
university, and am supposed to be highly systematic and organized (or so
I am told by people who claim to be less so, but often get more done).
I came to computers very late and as a complete amateur but seem to have
adapted to them very quickly, though at a not very advanced level (too
much to do, no time to learn).

Germaine Warkentin WARKENT@vm.epas.utoronto.ca