The Master and His Emissary (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
616
Utgivningsdatum
2019-02-14
Upplaga
2 Revised edition
Förlag
Yale University Press
Illustratör/Fotograf
15 color + 20 b-w illus
Illustrationer
15 color + 20 b-w illus.
Dimensioner
213 x 137 x 43 mm
Vikt
613 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780300245929
The Master and His Emissary (häftad)

The Master and His Emissary

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

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A pioneering exploration of the differences between the brains right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history, and cultureone of the few contemporary works deserving classic status (Nicholas Shakespeare, Times, UK) 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 I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience.W. F. Bynum, Times Literary Supplement Why is the brain divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries. Drawing upon a vast body of brain research, the renowned psychiatrist, author, and thinker Iain McGilchrist reveals that the difference between the two sides is profoundtwo whole, coherent, but incompatible ways of experiencing the world. The detail-oriented left hemisphere prefers mechanisms to living things and is inclined to self-interest, while the right hemisphere has greater breadth, flexibility, and generosity. In the second part of his book, McGilchrist 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 the ancient to the modern, from Aeschylus to Magritte. He ultimately argues that, despite its inferior grasp of reality, the left hemisphere is increasingly taking precedence in todays worldwith potentially disastrous consequences.
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One of the few contemporary works deserving classic status.Nicholas Shakespeare, Times (UK) 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 A landmark. . . . It tells a story you need to hear, of where we live now.Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times McGilchrist describes broad [intellectual] movements and famous figures as if they were battles and soldiers in a 2,500-year war between the brains 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 Clear, penetrating, lively, thorough and fascinating. . . . I couldnt put it down.Mary Midgley, The Guardian A seminal book.Ervin Lszl, Huffington Post A fascinating book. . . . [McGilchrist] is a subtle and clever thinker, and unusually qualified to range with such authority over so many different domains of knowledge.Harry Eyres, Financial Times A beautifully written, erudite, fascinating and adventurous book.A. C. Grayling, Literary Review Fascinating and elegantly written.Grethe Hooper Hansen, Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain Magazine A densely researched and entirely thrilling examination of the difference between the two kinds of thinking typical of the right and left hemispheres of the brain.Philip Pullman, New Statesman Winner of the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize 2009 Shortlisted for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize 2010 Longlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize 2010 A profound examination.Philip Pullman Iain McGilchrists ideas about human capabilities are among the most provocative Ive encounteredand I mean provocative in a positive sense.Howard Gardner A dazzling masterpiece . . . comprehensive and profound.Norman Doidge A marvellous and highly original synthesis of ideas on how the division of labour between the two brain hemispheres can provide key insights into human nature.V. S. Ramachandran Unbelievably rich. . . . Of absolutely crucial cultural and intellectual importance.Louis Sass

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Iain McGilchrist is a former fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he taught literature before training in medicine. He now lives on the Isle of Skye, where he continues to write, and lectures worldwide.