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

AUTHOR McGilchrist, Iain
PUBLISHER Yale University Press (03/26/2019)
PRODUCT TYPE Paperback (Paperback)

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A pioneering exploration of the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history, and culture

"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

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.
"One of the few contemporary works deserving classic status."--Nicholas Shakespeare, The Times
"A profound examination."--Philip Pullman

"Clear, penetrating, lively, thorough and fascinating. . . . I couldn't put it down."--Mary Midgley, The Guardian

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ISBN-13: 9780300245929
ISBN-10: 0300245920
Binding: Paperback or Softback (Trade Paperback (Us))
Content Language: English
Edition Number: 0002
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Page Count: 616
Carton Quantity: 16
Product Dimensions: 5.40 x 1.70 x 8.40 inches
Weight: 1.35 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product, Illustrated
Country of Origin: US
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BISAC Categories
Science | Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Science | Cognitive Science
Science | Civilization
Dewey Decimal: 612.825
Library of Congress Control Number: 2018960775
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A pioneering exploration of the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history, and culture

"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

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.
"One of the few contemporary works deserving classic status."--Nicholas Shakespeare, The Times
"A profound examination."--Philip Pullman

"Clear, penetrating, lively, thorough and fascinating. . . . I couldn't put it down."--Mary Midgley, The Guardian

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Author: McGilchrist, Iain
Iain McGilchrist is a former fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he taught literature before training in medicine. He was consultant psychiatrist and clinical director at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital, London, and has researched in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He now works privately in London and otherwise lives on the Isle of Skye.
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