RSA Animate – The Divided Brain, not either or, but both and

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist recently delivered a powerful presentation about the brain as part of the RSA at London’s free public events program. He explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.  In McGilchrist’s book The Master and his Emissary, he argues that the left and right hemispheres of the brain have differing insights, values and priorities. Each has its own distinctive take on the world, the right being our connection to the world, the left standing aloof from it. This affects our understanding, not just of language and reason, music and time, but all those things living: our bodies, ourselves and the world in which we live. In its evolutionary process he very much fears that the left hemisphere of the brain is becoming so dominant that we are in danger of forgetting those things, like empathy for others. This is the most important aspect of our personality, the one that makes us human. If the brain and its evolution continues along this path without correction, he fears an enormous cost to human happiness and the world around us.  Acclaimed by his peers, his critics and lay people alike for his outstanding insight, part of his lecture has been animated by the RSA to help illustrate his definition of the brain and how it works. It is about coaxing us to learn about the brain, to ponder his vision and to question our actions. Thought provoking, it has been called ‘remarkable’, of ‘penetrating brilliance’, the book of the decade’, and perhaps it is the most important publication so far this century. Click to Watch RSA Animate

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