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The Master and His Emissary

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Yale University Press
 | 
March, 2019
ISBN:
9780300245929
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$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This is a new edition of the bestselling classic published with a special introduction to mark its 10th anniversary.

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, colour and value.

For each to be successful, what the left hemisphere can offer must be used in service of what the right hemisphere knows and sees, not the other way round. This is as important in the case of science as in that of imagination, in the case of reason as in that of intuition. The left hemsphere is a wonderful servant, but a very poor master.

“McGilchrist describes broad [intellectual] movements and famous figures as if they were battles and soldiers in a 2,500-year war between the brain’s hemispheres… A scintillating intelligence is at work.” —The Economist

A veritable tour de force, gradually and skilfully revealed. I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience.” —W. F. Bynum, Times Literary Supplement

Publisher’s Description: 
A new edition of the bestselling classic published with a special introduction to mark its 10th anniversary

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, colour and value.

A veritable tour de force, gradually and skilfully revealed. I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience.W. F. Bynum, TLS

A profound examination.Philip Pullman

Persuasively argues that our society is suffering from the consequences of an over-dominant left hemisphere losing touch with its natural regulative master the right. Brilliant and disturbing.Salley Vickers, a Guardian Best Book of the Year

Clear, penetrating, lively, thorough and fascinating. . . . I couldnt put it down.Mary Midgley, The Guardian

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