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By the fifth century BC, however, left to right was becoming the norm, and by the fourth century the transition was complete, and all forms of Greek were being written left to right.
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For LH, everything—altruism, artwork, religion, creativity, food, etc. If others feel in this way disappointed, I would recommend Neil MacGregor’s Living with the Gods, a Radio series exploring art and religious history.
But there are inherent flaws on Iain’s arguments that Amd cannot come to terms with. I would suggest that this was partly to do with nationalist wars, and with suffrage and the birth of socialism.
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The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
There’s quite a lot I have sympathy with in this work. It took me a while to work my way through and there is some technical jargon, but so well worth it. For me,who’s been interested in neurophysiology most of my adult life. It does not try to put a river together.
So I read on.
mcgilchriwt Indeed, from Plato through Kant Western philosophy emphasized the left-hemisphere perspective with some exception for Spinoza: Exactly when was the golden age and what was it like and how do we know? A complete paragraph given to cinema. There are more than pages of very dense text that could easily span above in a bit more conventional typesetting The problem is that the left brain, which imagines it “knows” things it can’t possibly know, usurps its role and projects its own partial, definite vision of the hix onto the world’s essentially ambiguous reality.
May 04, Lauren rated it liked it. Further, Ths is a complete relativist, but repeatedly puts the disclaimer, ‘just because there’s more than one mutually inconsistent truth’ or ‘just because truth is not unitary does not mean “anything goes” and any meaning whatsoever can be attributed to [whatever he’s talking about]’, but never shows how this could possibly be true beyond the repeated assertions. It was virtually all familiar.
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Of course, ironising is close to ire, and a contemptuous sneer of LH quality, but then again, suggesting one’s own interpretation of the world as just that rather than making it a most beautifully humble gift is also pretty arrogant: In fact, in today’s parlance, Left is decidedly autistic.
Nov 23, Ohr rated it it was ok.
Neuroscience has lately become our greatest hope, it seems, for solving this ancient mystery, and Iain McGilchrist worked for twenty years on the problem of self-consciousness.
The left-side also prefers the literal to the metaphoric and the artificial to the natural. We learn by telling stories, not by remembering abstracted facts, I know the author knows this, so why not tell a story Iain?! Thanks for the correction Johan. Read it, and you will, even if you disagree with the author’s central thesis, be treated to some fascinating revelations from the world of neuroscience, and a lovely stroll through the history of language, art and philosophical thought.
The book reminds me in all the wrong ways of ‘The Devil’s Pleasure Palace’ but with a good deal more factual information scattered throughout and a scientific veneer. The Master and his Emissary is a polemical work. One is also reminded of C. Then why does their thinking also resonate with the aspirations of artists across all media?
In fact, the balance between these two halves is, like so many things in evolution, a somewhat rough, practical arrangement, quite capable of going wrong. Extremely dense but I think I’m coping.
Can’t help but think of Leonard Schlain’s work positing that the rise of alphabetic language fueled domination by the left hemisphere, resulting in changes in culture. If you have ever had an interest in the brain, consciousness, or how we all perceive and engage the world, this might your cup of tea. McGilchrist, who is both an experienced psychiatrist and a shrewd philo—sopher, 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.
This is a book written from the perspective of a white European, and someone who takes pains not to express strong opinions on things he feels he knows nothing about; a commendable characteristic. I’ll give it two of ten, but in the five-star system it resolves to ‘one’ anyways – call it a ‘high one’.
McGilchrist seems to be one of those people who really does have a brain the size of a planet – few people could be a consultant psychiatrist, have done scientific research at John Hopkins and taught English at Oxford. McGilchrist takes almost pages to build his case. Might it not be the case that what the author has taken as evidence of greater right-hemisphere awareness is in fact evidence of greater left-hemisphere cultural priming for the acceptance of a more collective, socialist society rather than the west’s greater emphasis on individualism?
The last chapter is a veritable Bach fugue that pulls it all together and makes the whole slog some pages all worth it.
The result of the amorphous water and the form of the landscape is a river. In “The Divided Brain”, McGilchrist digests study after study, replacing the popular and superficial notion of the hemispheres as respectively logical and creative in nature with the idea that they pay attention in fundamentally different ways, the left being detail-oriented, the right being whole-oriented. Apr 04, Richard Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: Rather, it points out the complexity, the divided nature of thought itself and asks about its connection with the structure of the brain.
The worst thing about this book is its almost innocent assumption that the brain is the mind. To McGilchrist’s credit, his concluding remarks allow for the very real possibility that his beliefs about the differences between the hemispheres and their respective influences may be mistaken.
But the survival of this approach today, when physicists have told us that matter does not actually consist of billiard balls, when we all supposedly believe that we are parts of the natural biosphere, not colonists from spiritual realms — when indeed many of us deny that such realms even exist — seems rather surprising. It is not as some reviewers seem to think just one more glorification of feeling at the expense of thought.
You may even feel, after this review, that you have no need to read the book! I want here to pre-empt some fairly obvious criticisms that I think people will have of this book. Second, the author doesn’t realize that religion is mostly left brain oriented.