The Master and His Emissary

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
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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, color and value.

©2009 Iain McGilchrist; Introduction copyright 2018 by Iain McGilchrist (P)2019 Tantor

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Hypnotic and heady

One of the best books I’ve heard. Comprehensive analysis of how our dependence on logic is shaping society, and how this dependence is leading to a value shift which may be linked to overgrowth and over dependence on the left brain.
Very much appreciate the breadth and depth of the author’s landscape from neuroscience to history, philosophy and back again.

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Insightful

This book has been very helpful. I learned a lot about myself and other people. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand themselves better.