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

Iain McGilchrist, Yale University Press

Presenting incredible insights into the workings of the human mind, Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World explores existing differences in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. More specifically, McGilchrist looks into how these differences have impacted our history, society, and culture. Drawing on some of the latest research in the field of neuroscience and psychology, the talented author finds that there is indeed a remarkable difference between the two sides of the brain: the left hemisphere guides detail-oriented behavior while the right hemisphere gives way to greater flexibility and more generous conduct. This belief of two opposite ways of thinking helps to clarify the origins of language and music, and it sheds light on questions concerning mental health and philosophy. The book takes readers on a fascinating historical journey through Western culture and illustrates the differences between left and right brain thinkers, revealing the juxtaposing beliefs of intellectuals and artists.

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