Are geologists mostly lefties?
- Fellow all-geo blogger Simon Wellings had noticed something weird about some of the geologists he went to school with: 4 in 10 of them were left-handed.
- This compares to only about 1 in 10 of the wider population being left handed, according to the Internet.
- The question Simon had was: was his anecdotal observation meaningful. If it is, interesting research might ensue. I decided to help out with the data collection by asking Twitter.
- A few fellow lefties chimed in:
- But a horde of right-handed geo-types were also weighing in.
- “@Allochthonous: Quick twitter poll! I’m a mostly left handed geologist. If you’re a geo-type, RT with your preferred hand!”Current score: 6 lefties (if we include Simon and I) and 14 righties. Of course, this is not an either/or question: I myself am mildly ambidextrous (I have different dominant hands for different things, and could do a fair number with both) and it appears I’m not alone.So now we have 6 leftie, 14 righty, 4 ambi. In percentage terms, this works out as 25% left-handed, 15% ambidextrous and 60% right-handed. Twitter therefore supports the notion that we have more than our fair share of lefties, although the sample size is small. Some people also provided data from their peer groups that also point in this direction.Of course, this is still all anecdotal, but it is interesting. I wonder if there’s also a story in what seems to be a high proportion of mixed-handed and ambidextrous geologists. But finding out will require…. MORE SCIENCE!!