RSA are trying to explore great ideas and…

RSA are trying to explore great ideas and wisdom, this download looks at how our divided brain may be reflected in our divided culture:,-cognition-and-creativity/social-brain/reports/the-divided-brain

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  1. Hi David, I know you and I have corresponded elsewhere on RSA and McGilchrist’s work, but I wanted to share our agreement here in the Global Circle.

    I think this view is so important in why we appear to have this divided culture. I’ve said before I see this as the root of all other problems in the way of addressing the challenges, which in themselves look like “no-brainers” to those with a “left-brain” view, bur require the wisdom of “whole (or as Alan would say, hole) brains” applied to them. Really important stuff for our agenda.

    Nice to see Alan, Ronnie and others picking up on this. As well as that PDF interview article, people need to be aware of the animated lecture ( ) and the book itself The Master and his Emisary. Highly recommended.

  2. Thanks very much for sending us this link, David. I’m still reading the pdf, but I very much agree with McGilchrist’s thesis that the left hemisphere’s “worldview” has “gradually usurped” that of the right in Western-now-becoming-globalized culture, and that if this lopsided way of thinking is not carefully re-balanced it will have (in fact already does have) highly dangerous implications for the continuation of life on this planet. In my med school years I spent some time studying under Ken Heilman, who was himself a student of Norman Geschwind, one of the pioneer researchers exploring the brain’s hemispheric asymmetry, and so I have long been aware of much of the empirical evidence McGilchrist draws upon in making his argument. I reached the same basic conclusion in a fairly recent short paper (Ethics & the Environment 14 (2009): 99-113), and summarized some of my thinking on the topic in the “Reining in the Yang” piece I sent to the Global Circle a couple of months ago–much of what I grouped together as the “yang” that has taken over and desperately needs to be reined in reflects the left-hemisphere mode of being. Something I already disagree with McGilchrist about, however, is his denial of the gendered dimensions of our cultural hemispheric asymmetry. I look forward to reading more and hearing what other members of this list think about his thesis.

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