Geek Appeal

Do you think left-brain and right-brain dominance is exclusive?

I have a writer friend who questions whether or not she ought to accept a rooommate who cannot punctuate a return email. As someone who lives with a man who can’t spell to save his life, I’d bet on him in the math department against almost any of my writer friends.

Most of my enginerding buddies have difficulties in the spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation departments. It isn’t about their intelligence – it’s simply an emphasis on the other side of the brain. The logic side, I think. Does that mean our language isn’t logical? Perhaps. I haven’t heard a single person try to argue that one.

In fact, there are a lot of spam eamils to the contrary- “If the plural of mouse is mice, is the plural of house hice?” One moose, two moose; one goose, two geese. While I know some math nerds who will argue that 2 + 2 can equal anything from 3 to 5, there is still logic in that statement.

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2 Comments

  1. Dawn Embers said,

    17 August 2009 at 21:44

    I’ve always wondered about the left versus the right because for me it feels like I use both and I don’t feel one is dominant. I can do math, science and all that logical stuff. But I also paint, sing, play instruments and write. *shrugs*

  2. Jamie said,

    18 August 2009 at 02:41

    English and grammar (spelling as well) are not logical. English is one of the worst languages for breaking the ‘rules.’ The romance languages are much more structured.


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