Tag Archives: Hands

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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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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Stuttering, dyslexia and science, what science?

On 2 APRIL 2016 the New Scientist published an article by Norman Miller entitled, “Getting the word out”. I sent the following ‘letter’ Letter to New Scientist Note the similarities between his (Miller’s) account of stuttering and Samuel Orton’s 1930 … Continue reading

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America’s reading problem vs the dyslexia debate: the hegemony of the /right/, institutional inertia and radicalisation

In literate societies writing (and reading) defines our sense of self. It is therefore worth taking Gillian Tett’s ‘America’s reading problem’ FT.COM MAGAZINE December 19 /20 2015′ further in a wider educational, economic and political context. However I’d best start … Continue reading

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Seeing double: further steps in the left-to-right or right-to-left story

Remember the story so far? Gabriel ‘air writing’ the number 422, but by pointing right-to-left (RTL) while saying ie reading out, “2,2,4″. And that the interpretation is that Gabriel is a latent left hander. The next steps should provide sufficient … Continue reading

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Right to left reading writing: what a 4 year old can teach us

Walking back home, uphill, with my 4 year old grandson, Gabriel, the other day, we were chatting when he announced that he lived at “two two four”. In fact he lives at 422 ie. “four two two”. Clearly he has … Continue reading

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The media, handedness and paedophilia

Prof Tanya Byron, in BBC4′s ‘The Truth About Child Sex Abuse’, travelled all the way to Toronto to get Prof James Cantor in Toronto to trot out his finding that non-right handedness is more than three times as likely among … 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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