The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

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by Iain McGilchrist
     
 


In a book of unprecedented scope--now available in a larger format—Iain McGilchrist presents a fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain’s left and right hemispheres, and how those differences have affected society, history, and culture. McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent research in neuroscience and psychology  to… See more details below

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In a book of unprecedented scope--now available in a larger format—Iain McGilchrist presents a fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain’s left and right hemispheres, and how those differences have affected society, history, and culture. McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent research in neuroscience and psychology  to reveal that the difference is profound: the left hemisphere is detail oriented, while the right has greater breadth, flexibility, and generosity. McGilchrist then takes the reader on a journey through the history of Western culture, illustrating the tension between these two worlds as revealed in the thought and belief of thinkers and artists from Aeschylus to Magritte.

"A landmark new book. . . . It tells a story you need to hear, of where we live now."—Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

"A very remarkable book. . . . McGilchrist, who is both an experienced psychiatrist and a shrewd philosopher, looks at the relation between our two brain-hemispheres in a new light, not just as an interesting neurological problem but as a crucial shaping factor in our culture . . . splendidly thought-provoking. . . . I couldn't put it down."—Mary Midgley, The Guardian

Named one of the best books of 2010 by The Guardian

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300188370
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
299,580
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.39(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction The Master and His Emissary 1

Pt. 1 The Divided Brain 15

Ch. 1 Asymmetry and the Brain 16

Ch. 2 What do the Two Hemispheres 'Do'? 32

Ch. 3 Language, Truth and Music 94

Ch. 4 The Nature of the Two Worlds 133

Ch. 5 The Primacy of the Right Hemisphere 176

Ch. 6 The Triumph of the Left Hemisphere 209

Pt. 2 How the Brain Has Shaped Our World 239

Ch. 7 Imitation and the Evolution of Culture 240

Ch. 8 The Ancient World 257

Ch. 9 The Renaissance and the Reformation 298

Ch. 10 The Enlightenment 330

Ch. 11 Romanticism and the Industrial Revolution 352

Ch. 12 The Modern and Post-Modern Worlds 389

Conclusion: The Master Betrayed 428

Notes 463

Bibliography 518

Index 586

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