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

Iain McGilchrist

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

Iain McGilchrist

In a book of unprecedented scope Iain McGilchrist presents a fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain’s left and right hemispheres, and how those differences have affected society, history, and culture.

McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent research in neuroscience and psychology to reveal that the difference is profound: the left hemisphere is detail oriented, while the right has greater breadth, flexibility, and generosity. McGilchrist then takes the reader on a journey through the history of Western culture, illustrating the tension between these two worlds as revealed in the thought and belief of thinkers and artists from Aeschylus to Magritte.

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