The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
ISBN: 0300188374
EAN13: 9780300188370
Language: English
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
Pages: 544
Dimensions: 1.42" H x 8.43" L x 5.67" W
Weight: 1.50 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
In a book of unprecedented scope--now available in a larger format 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. A landmark new book. . . . It tells a story you need to hear, of where we live now. Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times A very remarkable book. . . . McGilchrist, who is both an experienced psychiatrist and a shrewd philosopher, looks at the relation between our two brain-hemispheres in a new light, not just as an interesting neurological problem but as a crucial shaping factor in our culture . . . splendidly thought-provoking. . . . I couldn't put it down. Mary Midgley, The Guardian Named one of the best books of 2010 by The Guardian