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The puzzle of left-handedness
Smits, Rik, 1953-
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Raadsel van linkshandigheid. English
Publication Information:
London : Reaktion Books, 2011.
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304 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 23 cm
Malice and misunderstanding -- The left-handed Picador -- Opposites and contradictions -- Taboos, sex and handicrafts -- Lovers of the left -- Magic and superstition -- The true nature of left and right -- Strange creatures in the uncanny valley -- Witchcraft and pogroms -- Factionalism -- The ideal warrior -- The polymorphism of one-sidedness -- The heart of the matter -- The power of small differences -- How Freud found his right side and Pooh didn't -- Why a running rabbit doesn't tear itself apart -- Tintin's law -- Dead men and voluptuous women -- Mary's little troublemaker and other portraits -- Little Johnny cries to the left, Little Johnny smiles to the left -- The circle dance of the alphabet -- The weight of the liver -- The morbid views of Abram Blau -- Thwacking and hurling -- Thinking about brains -- Animal crackers -- Other asymmetries and preferences -- Tallying up -- Genetic left-handedness -- Hormonal left-handedness -- How even detrimental characteristics can survive -- Left-handers as undercover twins -- The consequences: contrary, perverse and sick -- Two left hands: the Ford scale -- The things that things make us do -- Writing and other useful handiwork -- The myth of high left-handed mortality -- Creative, musical, brilliant and famous!
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