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‘And He Shall Set The Sheep On His Right Hand, But The Goats On The Left.’*

14 December 2011 @ 11:38

I just read an interesting review in the LA Review Of Books by David Yourdon of the book The Puzzle Of Left-Handedness, authored by Rik Smits.

It is well worth a read if you have an interest in the subject, although I must warn you that Mr. Yourdon is no conservative.

A highlight [tip of the fedora to Arts & Letters Daily]:

There are interesting moments littered throughout, to be sure. If nothing else, Smits’s sketch-like chapters show that left-handedness can be used as a lens through which to examine larger historical trends. In ancient times, and up to the medieval ages, when superstition stood in place of explanation, left-handedness had moral connotations. It was associated with an inversion of the natural order. Paintings depict God as good and truthful and right-handed, and the devil, God’s evil and dishonest opposite, as left-handed. During the Renaissance, the notion of inversion took on a pseudoscientific air. The Italian commentator Lodovico Richeri hypothesized that all left-handers were afflicted with situs inversus, a condition in which the internal organs are reversed. (As it happens, situs inversus does exist, but it occurs in only 0.01 percent of the population, far too little to be the cause of left-handedness.) This belief persisted until the early part of the 19th century, when the assumptions of popular psychology seeped into scientific explanations of left-handedness. According to one analyst, Abram Blau, it was “‘nothing more than an expression of infantile negativism,’” a rejection of the norm of right-handedness, “comparable to ‘contrariety in feeding and elimination, retardation in speech, and general perverseness insofar as the infant with meagre outlets can express it.’”

Two comments…

-I am right-handed. Barack Hussein Obama is left-handed. Conclusion: the paintings are true and Mr. Blau is a friggin’ genius.

-So sayeth Sir Bob: Left-handers are like redheads: they’re a little off ― the only variations that exist within the two groups come down to degrees of ‘offness’. Never let down your guard with someone from either group.


*Matthew, 25:33

6 Comments
  1. 14 December 2011 @ 14:34 14:34

    Well I’m left handed and all I have to say is……..um. What was the question again?

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      15 December 2011 @ 07:37 07:37

      There are exceptions to every rule, Infidel, and, having just had a teleconference with The Lord and the Holy Spirit [Jesus was off saving somebody…*again*], I can tell you Yahweh be likin’ him his Infidel.

  2. 14 December 2011 @ 20:24 20:24

    Those damn southpaws! We need to get the torches and hunt their lefty asses down!

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      15 December 2011 @ 07:37 07:37

      I prefer flamethrowers.

  3. India Star permalink
    16 December 2011 @ 13:12 13:12

    this article omits the fact that left handed people use the right side of their brain, guess I am more conservative than I thought. Zing!

    by the way i’ve read camp of the saints, writing a paper right now about whether i think an event like that could actually happen now.

    p.s. chapter 20 is disgusting

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      16 December 2011 @ 17:23 17:23

      -I’d like to read it when you are finished.

      -Chapter Twenty is, indeed, disgusting, but wonderfully written and vivid.

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