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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300188374

ISBN-13: 9780300188370

Pub. Date: 10/09/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

Why is the brain divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries. In a book of unprecedented scope, Iain McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent brain research, illustrated with case histories, to reveal that the difference is profound—not just this or that function, but two whole, coherent, but incompatible

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Why is the brain divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries. In a book of unprecedented scope, Iain McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent brain research, illustrated with case histories, to reveal that the difference is profound—not just this or that function, but two whole, coherent, but incompatible ways of experiencing the world. The left hemisphere is detail oriented, prefers mechanisms to living things, and is inclined to self-interest, where the right hemisphere has greater breadth, flexibility, and generosity. This division helps explain the origins of music and language, and casts new light on the history of philosophy, as well as on some mental illnesses.

In the second part of the book, McGilchrist 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. He argues that, despite its inferior grasp of reality, the left hemisphere is increasingly taking precedence in the modern world, with potentially disastrous consequences. This is truly a tour de force that should excite interest in a wide readership.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300188370
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
280,669
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.39(d)

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The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnSweeney More than 1 year ago
Vastly documented and intricately insightful, The Master and His Emissary lays out a path forward for understanding who and what we are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave great insight both into my own ways of thinking and into modern society. A challenging read for someone like me who's not a specialist, but well worth the effort.