Lefty’s autistic son started doing science experiments at the age of two, but he’s never been chosen to represent his class in the middle-school science fair. Why not?
To make it past that first hurdle, it turns out, you have to be elected by the majority of your classmates. And for this, you are evaluated not on the scientific merits of your experiment, but on the quality of your presentation.
Thus, graphic design and public speaking skills trump scientific talent, further reducing what few opportunities remain for left-brainers to distinguish themselves.
Why not pick the best scientist — and then add a kid who’s good at graphics and a kid who’s good at public speaking to the team?