Hands event at 'Welcome Collection' (Nov 26, London)

Later today (November 26) the ‘Welcome Collection’ in London presents a ‘Hands’ event where you can get a palm reading! Imagine… how would your life look like without your hands? We sense, create and communicate with our hands. A social event for the incurably curious and celebrate these vital parts of our bodies across four floors of Wellcome Collection!!

From medicine to mesmerism, magic to mannerisms, visitors will find out about the curious history of digits, palms, fingers and thumbs, and put their own to use, as we celebrate the organs that shape the world around us. We will have scientists, artists, palmists and magicians at hand for discussions, performances and, of course, hands-on activities, all designed to make us look afresh at our body. ‘Manipulate’, ‘manoeuvre’ and ‘manufacture’ are all words deriving from the Latin word ‘manus’, meaning hand. These creative appendages allow us to make, touch and feel, but they also hold mystical and cultural significance. For one night only, visitors can explore a digital age that goes back millennia. 

INCLUDING: 

• Revel in the mystery of hands with palmistry and neuroscience illusions.
• Try out some nail art.
• Get dexterous with games and computers from different ages – and paper, scissors, stone.
• Enjoy an installation produced by young people from HCA, Coram’s Fields, KCBNA and artist Elaine Duigenan.
• Try out some surgeon’s tools, and see how steady your hands are.
• Explore the wonders of handwriting in the Wellcome Library, and meet a palaeographer and a graphologist.
• Play a piano and see your digits up close.
• Enjoy the physical theatre performance of The Articulate Hand with Andrew Dawson. Performances start at 20.00 and 21.45. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
• Hear from evolution expert Christophe Soligo on the difference between the hands of apes and humans. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
Chris McManus will uncover the science of left and right handedness. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.

LOCATION: 183 Euston Road, London (nov 26, 19:00 – 23:00) 

It’s a FREE event, so anyone can drop in anytime!!

A discussion about more details of this ‘hands’ event is available at the Modern Hand Reading Forum.

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Barack Obama: another left-handed US president

Next january elected president Barack Obama will likely become the 7th ‘left-handed’ US president in American history. Over the years there has been a discussion about high number of ‘left-handed’ presidents in American history. Actually, including Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama will become the 4th (out of five) left-handed president in less than 20 years. For, the current president, George W. Bush has been the only right-handed US president in the past two decades – his father and Bill Clinton are ‘lefties’ as well! Oh, and by the way, the other presidential candidate in 2008, senator John McCain, is also left-handed!

How come that so many US presidents are left-handed? Partly it’s a big mystery, but a quick hand reading of Obama’s hand might provide us a clue!

Barack Obama's left hand.

An interesting characteristic in Obama’s hand is ratio between his index finger (2th digit) and ring finger (4th digit). Professor John T. Manning named this specific finger ratio the ‘digit ratio’ (2D:4D). One of the interesting findings regarding this ‘digit ratio’ is Manning’s theory that a LOW DIGIT RATIO is likely to the result of an overabundance of testosterone in the mother’s womb during pregnancy. Not long ago another research program was published at the University of Melbourne, which reported that left-handednes can also be linked to a ‘LOW DIGIT RATIO’. And therefore there appears to be spectacular ‘triple-link’ between: (1) left-handedness, (2) ‘LOW DIGIT RATIO’, and (3) the fact that so many US presidents are left-handed!!!

Ronald Reagan's right hand.

How to measure the ‘digit ratio’ of a hand?

The picture on right describes the key-elements: first you’ll need to identify the onset of both the index- and ring finger. Then you’ll have to measure the absolute length of these finger – the length from the onset to the tip of the finger. And finally you’ll need to do a calculation: the ratio between the length of both fingers!

How to measure digit ratio!

READ FURTHER ABOUT DIGIT RATIO, HANDEDNESS & US PRESIDENTS HANDS:
Barack Obama is the 7th left-handed US president!
Digit ratio (2D:4D) linked with handedness.
Mr. Palmist, which hand do you read?
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