We help others handle two sets of problems. The first, more tractable set, concern long standing personal and inter-personal problems which endure despite trying to use common-sense and follow experts' advice. One problem within the problem is that experts often disagree among themselves over what to do and how to do it; another is that one person's common-sense is another's nonsense
The second, less tractable set, is the meta-problem of "What evidence will convince sceptics within agencies responsible for helping others with long standing difficulties, that latent / converted handedness is or is not a co-factor in sustaining the presenting problem?" This meta-problem raises the issue of the hegemony of the /right/.
Long-standing problems have two seemingly different emphases, conceptual or practical
- conceptual : these problems are primarily about definitions and are identified by their "What is ....?" nature: dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, PTSD, learning difficulty and learning disability? Here the focus is on "What is converted / latent handedness?" and "What does the 'hegemony of the /right/ mean?"
- practical : these problems are more about how to effect change and are identified by their "How to...?" nature: cure anorexia, improve educational performance, ensure reasonable adjustments have been made in the workplace (for those with disabilities), prevent young offenders becoming persistent offenders. Here the focus is on "How to identify converted / latent handedness and how to handle the hegemony of the /right/?"
Ultimately the dichotomy between the conceptual and the practical is a human construction. It is handled here as a duality, using the image of 'turning the page': since each page has two aspects -technically labelled recto and verso- which are aligned here with the conceptual and the practical. Two implications follow: (a) for every practical problem there are hidden conceptual implications and for every conceptual matter there are practical consequences; and (b) frequently there is a need to turn from page to page since problems often sit within or generate further problems.
Our radically different approach helps individuals, agencies, corporations, and institutions solve a variety of (to quote Karl Popper) 'concrete miseries' by dealing with three sets of general ignorance conditions:
- World-views First, knowledge about world-views, sometimes known as mind-sets, explanatory schemas or frameworks among both the public and professionals. Differences in world-view helps to explain why experts working in the same field often disagree among themselves - for world-views determine which facts are accepted as evidence and what is not.
- Latent / converted handedness Second, knowledge -in the English speaking world- about a core body-mind condition, referred to in short-hand fashion as latent / converted handedness. This is a core general body-mind condition, identified when we find individuals writing with their non-adept hand. Ignorance about latent / converted handedness, and therefore failure to eliminate it as a co-factor in any presenting problems incurs heavy costs, particularly for the entire education system: has serious implications for the conduct of evaluations for personal, educational, medico-legal and legal purposes. It will also result in ineffectual Personalised Education, Professional Development or Treatment Programmes
- Hegemony of the /right/ Third, knowledge about the role of the hegemony of the right, wright, rite and write in 'causing' and sustaining seemingly intractable problems.
Although not obvious, the hegemony of the /right/ issue is interwoven with both world-view and latent / converted handedness issues.
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