Category Archives: Hands

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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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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TEDx Salford IV: Festival of the Mind: A handedness meta-perspective

All of last Sunday’s TEDx Salford Festival of the Mind sessions (http://www.tedxsalford.com/) were thoroughly thought provoking. However, for those interested in the link between minds and hands there is another, greater-than-the sum-of the-parts, meta-perspective worth commenting on. Up to the … Continue reading

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The creative spark and dyslexia

In commenting on Gillian Tett’s “How to ignite the creative spark” (FT August 16/17 2014) Mereengineer (FT Magazine, Issue number 577) comments on only one aspect of her account, namely that of creating an ‘open-ended’ environment composed of individuals from … Continue reading

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Infants’ atypical hand use and autism: consequence, cause or concomitant?

The journal Child Development recently reported the results of a study by Libertus and others into the the onset and functional implications of differences in early motor development of infants later diagnosed as autistic.  They noted that “atypical motor behaviors … Continue reading

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