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lefties have a harder time of it, since their stronger hand is engaged hold the baby, and not free for other tasks.

Thus giving right-handedness an evolutionary advantage?


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...or, by the number of babies dropped from the weaker hand, giving an advantage to...?


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"Most women find that babies are quieter when cradled in the left arm, and yes the thought is it's easier for the infant to hear the mothers hear beat. i suspect lefties have a harder time of it, since there stronger hand is engaged hold the baby, and not free for other tasks. "

I've never understood why the dominant hand would be stronger. I'm right handed, and because of that my left arm is stronger. I carry things in my left arm (including babies) to keep my right hand free to "do stuff." As for heartbeats, my kids seemed to prefer smack in the middle of my chest.

(btw, how do you get the quote you're replying to to show up in a different color?)


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I vote with Helen O'T -- sounds sensible to me.

And just now picked up an (unverfied) tidbit reinforcing her suggestion that handedness might relate to traditional child-rearing roles. I'm told that of all ethnic groups, lefthandedness is most common among Ashkenazi jewish men, but that Ashkenazi jewish women are no-more-often lefthanded than the general population.


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i sent you a private note-- but you should also check the FAQ and the Information category for the thread for new comer's and beginners.. it has all the information you'll ever need or want about searching awad thread, finding on line dictionaries, and lots more..

we keep bumping it back to page 1-- and i will again right now if its not there already.


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>lefthandedness is most common among Ashkenazi jewish men

Very interesting. Could this be because A.j. men would historically write Yiddish and/or Hebrew, both of which are written right to left and therefore more conveniently with the left hand?


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Which would also apply to most Muslim cultures since Arabic is also written right to left, but they have a very strong taboo against using the left hand in public, adding to the horrors of amputation of the hand for stealing.

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>lefthandedness is most common among Ashkenazi jewish men

Very interesting. Could this be because A.j. men would historically write Yiddish and/or Hebrew, both
of which are written right to left and therefore more conveniently with the left hand?

Dear Bobyoungbalt: Do you then believe Lysenko was right?


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Finley Peter Dunne iscredited with coining the expression "southpaw" when writing about left handed pitchers, because a left-hander's throwing arm was on his south side as he pitched in the White Stockings' stadium.


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Didn't we hear from tsuwm (was it?) that the expression was first used for a left handed boxer? Didn't make sense to me then nor does it now, but there it is. But thanks for the name to add to the search, Dr. Bill.


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