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    I had such an amazing time at the reunion! I discovered so many things in common with people I thought I knew well enough! well - at the reunion I discovered that I was one of 3 women there I shared the same birth year (1951 any others out there?)with at least 2 others there! ( of all the people on the forums I wouldn't be surprised to find 3 of my age but there were - what - 15-16 of us altogether in attendance that have forum identities?)of all the possibilities - I thought that was pretty incredible!
    then I discovered that Shecrab and I both love native American flutes and though I am just a newbie and recently purchased my first Ojibwe flute - she owns several and plays beautifully!!!!
    no telling what other things we all have in common - but the one that really got my curiosity peaked developed on the drive home and stemmed from discovering i had something in common (besides being here on tweleve) with Andersonwang! I found we were both left-handed!!

    well back at work this week I read on my left-handers daily calendar - that it ws reported in Math Intelligence ( i am guessing it's some math periodical? ) that - Pythagoras was left handed and that left handers are more represented among mathematicians than among a random population sample!
    got me to wondering what the per cent of left handers is in a random sample of our population - well - after googling and wiki-ing seems no definitive answer is out there but best guestimates are between 7-13% of the population
    SO - wondering if among the twelever population there is a higher percent than that?
    Sue said she could help me out with some kind of sticky - or if anyone who takes time to read this post could add a note - are you a leftie? perhaps i can get an idea that my theory that amongst us puzzlers there is a higher than average per cent of left handers - would appreciate your time! cause I am a curious sort of person!
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    here are some leftie facts I have found on the net

    Left-handedness is the preference for the left hand over the right for everyday activities such as writing. Most left-handed people favor their right hand for some activities, and many exhibit some degree of ambidexterity. Left-handedness is relatively uncommon; 87 percent of the adult population is right-handed.

    In 1998, a study suggested that approximately 7 to 10 percent of the adult population was left-handed. Studies indicate that left-handedness is more common in males than females

    Possible effects in humans on thinking

    There are many theories on how being left-handed affects the way a person thinks. One theory divides left- and right-handed thinkers into two camps: visual simultaneous vs. linear sequential.

    According to this theory, right-handed people are thought to process information using a "linear sequential" method in which one thread must complete its processing before the next thread can be started.

    Left-handed persons are thought to process information using a "visual simultaneous" method in which several threads can be processed simultaneously. Another way to view this is such: Suppose there were one thousand pieces of popcorn and one of them was colored blue. Right-handed people—using the linear sequential processing style—would look at the popcorn one at a time until they encountered the blue one. The left-handed person would spread out the pieces of popcorn and look at all of them to find the one that was blue. A side effect of these differing styles of processing is that right-handers need to complete one task before they can start the next. Left-handers, by contrast, are capable and comfortable switching between tasks. This seems to suggest that left-handed people have an excellent ability to multi-task, and anecdotal evidence that they are more creative may stem from this ability to multi-task.

    Right-handed people process information using "analysis", which is the method of solving a problem by breaking it down to its pieces and analyzing the pieces one at a time. By contrast, left-handed people process information using "synthesis", which is the method of solving a problem by looking at the whole and trying to use pattern-matching to solve the problem.

    The hypothesis that left-handed people are predisposed to visual-based thought has been validated by a variety of evidence. In the 2004 book Brains That Work a Little Bit Differently, researchers Allen D. Bragdon and David Gamon, Ph.D., briefly described some of the current research on handedness and its significance. "Handedness researchers Coren and Clare Porac have shown that left-handed university students are more likely to major in visually-based, as opposed to language-based subjects. Another sample of 103 art students found an astounding 47 percent were left- or mixed-handed."

    Ultimately, being left-handed is not an all-or-nothing situation. The processing styles operate on a continuum where some people are more visual-simultaneous and others are more linear-sequential.

    #Left-handedness is less common than right-handedness. Left-handed people are more dexterous with their left hands when performing a task. About 8-15% of people are left-handed.
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    Neat stuff! I'm ambidextrous. As a kid - in school - they taught me right handedness, so I am more proficient with my right hand. When I was younger I could write and do other tasks with my left hand as well, but over the years of not doing so, I have lost some of the ability.

    What gets interesting is that my father had six children - 2 with my mom, 4 with a previous wife. Out of the 6 of us, 3 are left handed ~ the 2nd, 4th and 6th.

    My mom had the two of us, and my sister from my mom is right handed and I am ambidextrous. It's been a long time family joke that I got the left handedness from the every-other-child-syndrome and the right handedness from my mom.

    I'm fairly sure genetics doesn't work quite like that, but there must be something genetic causing left handedness.

    As for thinking skills, I think a bit like a lefty and a bit like a righty. I am more visually oriented though.

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    I'm right handed, but when I write with my left hand, I can write completely mirrored--backwards--even cursive. It's an odd talent, and comes in handy for free drinks in bars....LOL...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shecrab View Post
    I'm right handed, but when I write with my left hand, I can write completely mirrored--backwards--even cursive. It's an odd talent, and comes in handy for free drinks in bars....LOL...

    Hey! I never got to see that talent in the motel room! Lol..

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    this gets more intriguing and puzzling! can't wait to hear more!
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    I am definitely a righty.
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    right handed here.
    but.
    seems I like to give my lefty quite a work out!!!
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    I am sinister, therefore left-handed. Or maybe that's the other way around.

    No lefty's upstream of me in the genetic pool. One of my boys is left-handed, though. Because we're both lefties, I never had to do what my parents did to teach me how to tie my shoes. Find a left-handed kid down the street to show me.

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    I am right-handed. As I get older, I am noticing I am getting more dominantly right-handed than I used to be. I don't like it. It makes me worry there is something wrong with my brain. And if it is just part of getting older, I still don't like it.

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