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About petermathews

Member of the Royal Society of Medicine

Team at the University of Oxford say left-handed people may have better verbal skills as a result.

The BBC reports that genetic markers for left handedness have been discovered. This should come as no surprise: that handedness, left or right is hardwired in the brain. It simply reflects the biological concomitants of behaviour. What is more puzzling … Continue reading

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Last warning now! Right!!!

This is a perfect example of how the hegemony of the right operates. The “Last warning now! Right!!!! was uttered by an overweight, short’s wearing father while holding with his left hand his son’s – aged 3-4 – right hand … Continue reading

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Entitlement or right?

Without reading the book review itself: ” Reading by Right, edited by Joy Court, 2017, £59.95. Facet Publishing: London. ISBN: 9781783302093, 256 pp.” the title Reading by Right invites the question which ‘right’? From the right (towards the left) in … Continue reading

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From curiosity to compliance

It occurred to me the other day that before toddlers start school they are endlessly playful, curious, their hands into all sorts of things and a ceaseless list of ‘why’ questions. Good parenting involves interacting with such children in a … Continue reading

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Three potential targets: why the Ariana Grande Concert?

Last week Manchester hosted three major public events: 22nd May, the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena; 27th May, the Arcadis Great CityGames which took place on the Great CityGames track on Deansgate in the heart of the city, … Continue reading

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Take back control and controlling hands: mirrors to the psyche of Trump, Hitler & Daesh?

What do Donald Trump’s hands tell us about his thinking? Are the President Elect of the USA hand gestures designed to distract us from what he says, are they unrelated to what he says or are they an integral part … Continue reading

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He wanted to be right …

In the FT Weekend Books (8 October 2016) John Plender essayed Sebastian Mallaby’s biography of The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan. It is headed “A rock-star Fed chairman whose reputation was tarnished by problems stored … Continue reading

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Looking nervous, and gesturing with her left hand, she continued…(Baroness Chakrabarti)

I watched Robert Peston interview Baroness Chakrabarti on Peston on Sunday (ITV) and noted that she ‘spoke’ mostly with her left hand. This would make her a leftie, in the true sense of the word were she to also write … Continue reading

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The EU Referendum: the devil is in the detail, god is in the bigger picture: Pepper, Moscovici, and the EU Referendum

It still is commonplace to try to resolve arguments by claiming that the detail lies with the devil. In the EU Referendum debate, the detail is the unarguable sought for fact. But to date, I’ve neither read nor heard any … Continue reading

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In education, testing does not raise stated standards

Those who believe educational performance can be raised to standards by frequent, more rigorous and robust testing are using a non-pedagogic definition of education. Were they to do so they would know (a) that standards are stated eg. run a … Continue reading

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