Friday, January 23, 2009

Without One Of Each?

We could stand on one foot, I suppose, but we certainly could not walk. Not only do you need two to tango, but you also need two in order to make forward (or backward) locomotion. Not locomotives, just locomotion. Ambulation, as an example.

We could not pat our heads and, simultaneously, rub our stomachs without having two hands. The “cocktail party effect,” where we can pick out one voice from another at a gathering, would be impossible – as any person wearing a hearing aid can tell you. You can shrug your shoulder, but it’s a lot better when you do both at one time.

What’s not equidistant from the center is right there in the middle, thus keeping us balanced. Amazing.

Well, amazing except for our faces. They are not quite the same left vs. right. If you make a photo of one side of a person’s face and put it over where the other side would be, you might not recognize said friend. We aren’t built quite the same above the neck, odd as it might seem.

We recognize people by the lack of symmetry in their faces, not because of it.

So now I shall walk, not hop, to the studio for my regular two-handed radio program, during which I will have some tea with one hand while occasionally bringing up an insert with the other and listening with both ears.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

but how do you explain the fact that certain people are two-faced?

Or how the left hand of government doesn't know (or care)what the right hand is doing?

Or people that talk out of both sides of their mouth?

January 26, 2009 3:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Abe Lincoln once said: If I really were two-faced, do you think I would be using this one?

The left and right hands of government might be similar to me: ambidextrous. I can pick my nose and dig into my ear with neither hand knowing the adventures of the other.

Have not yet met anyone who can talk out of both sides of their mouth, but if you noticed how Dick Cheney talked, he came pretty darned close.

January 26, 2009 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking out of both sides of the mouth.....Someone who has had two Bell Palsy attacks.


January 27, 2009 5:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

The voice (or voices) of experience.

January 27, 2009 9:10 PM  

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