The Left Stuff

The Left Stuff

How the Left-handed Have Survived and Thrived in A Right-handed World

Book - 2005
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Weaving cultural history and scientific exploration together, The Left Stuff takes you on an adventure to discover the truth about why humans choose one hand over the other.
From high-tech neuroscience labs to the rain forests of Africa to the bullpens of Major League Baseball, journalist Melissa Roth investigates how societies and genetics encourage us to choose sides. The Left Stuff gets to the heart of why humans are predominantly right-handed - and why a stubborn minority has persevered against the weight of history and the forces of evolution.
Debunking the false claims of the "dying lefty" and the "left-hander syndrome," Roth challenges the many stigmas that have attached themselves to the "sinistersided" and asks why the trait is on the rise. In addition, she explores the complicated functions of the hands, examining what throwing, bat swinging, eating, and even carrot-peeling can tell us about how we as a species have evolved.
Looking at great lefties throughout history, Roth deconstructs the unusual talents of figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gates, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Jon Stewart, and John McCain, illuminating the important role that this "backwards" trait has played in advancing mankind.
A compelling look at the overlap between our evolutionary past and our scientific future, this book is an important puzzle piece that sheds new light on handedness and what separates us from our primate cousins. Fascinating, provocative, and insightful, The Left Stuff is a well-crafted and engaging narrative of how modern science has put the power of understanding in the palms of our hands. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : M. Evans and Co., c2005
ISBN: 1590770811
Branch Call Number: 152.335 ROT
Characteristics: 239 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Nov 23, 2010

a very interessting book that has everything you have ever wanted to know about lefthandedness and then some.


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