Left brain And right brain

Awareness versus detail
Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist describes the real differences between the left and right halves of the human brain. It's not simply "emotion on the right, reason on the left," but something far more complex and interesting.

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From Iain McGilchrist's article Reciprocal organization of the cerebral hemispheres:

"One possible explanation of the asymmetry and differential development of the cerebral hemispheres lies in the need to apply simultaneously mutually incompatible modes of attention to the world. This difference in attention can account for a wide range of so-called hemisphere specializations, and is facilitated by a corpus callosum which is able to balance facilitatory against inhibitory transmission. There is also an asymmetry in the way in which the two hemispheres mutually inhibit one another’s contribution to the phenomenological world which favors the left hemisphere."
- McGilchrist, I. (2010). Reciprocal organization of the cerebral hemispheres. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 12(4), 503–515. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181995/

  • the intuitive mind is a sacred gift; the rational mind is a faithful servant - Einstein
  • we have created a society that honours the servant, but has forgotten the gift - Iain McGilchrist


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