The Divided Brain

The Divided Brain. By Iain McGilchrist.

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.

Our society has become to dominated by left hemispheric thinking. Obviously this has been greatly accelerated by computers and social media. This has led to a dominance by the political left — an unrelated use of the world “let”, presumably.

The left-hemisphere is too good at singing its own praises and dominating the mental media. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say to so little.

The right hemisphere doesn’t have a voice. We need to return what the right hemisphere knows to a broader context, to listen to what it has to say… Einstein:

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind s a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant but has forgotten the gift.