ISBN-10:
0300188374
ISBN-13:
9780300188370
Pub. Date:
10/09/2012
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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

by Iain McGilchrist

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


A new edition of the bestselling classic – published with a special introduction to mark its 10th anniversary

This pioneering account sets out to understand the structure of the human brain – the place where mind meets matter. Until recently, the left hemisphere of our brain has been seen as the ‘rational’ side, the superior partner to the right. But is this distinction true?

Drawing on a vast body of experimental research, Iain McGilchrist argues while our left brain makes for a wonderful servant, it is a very poor master. As he shows, it is the right side which is the more reliable and insightful. Without it, our world would be mechanistic – stripped of depth, colour and value.  
 

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ISBN-13: 9780300188370
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 87,451
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.39(d)

About the Author


Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he taught literature before training in medicine. He is an associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Consultant Emeritus of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital, London, and has researched in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.. He now lives on the Isle of Skye, where he continues to write, and lectures worldwide.

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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.