The Master and His Emissary : The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
by Iain McGilchrist
Editor: Yale University Press
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In a book of unparalleled scope–now available in a larger format– McGilchrist presents a fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain and the left and right hemispheres, and how these differences have affected society, history and culture.McGilchrist relies on a vast body of recent research in the field of neurosciences and psychology to reveal that the difference is profound: the left hemisphere is the concern for detail, while the right has greater breadth, flexibility and generosity.McGilchrist, then takes the reader on a journey through the history of Western culture, testifies to the tension between these two worlds, as revealed in the thought and belief of thinkers and artists from Eschyle to Magritte.”A monument new bookHe’s telling a story, you need to hear, from where we live now.”Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times “A very remarkable bookMcGilchrist, who is both a psychiatrist’s experience and a skillful philosopher, examines the relationship between our two hemispheric brains in a new light, not only as an interesting neurological problem but an important smoothing factor in our culture.beautifully reflectingI couldn’t put it down.”Mayary Midgley, The Tutor Named one of the best books of the year 2010 by Le Gardien
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