(PDF) Thoughts on Iain McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary | T Collins Logan - orphansofwar.infoMcGilchrist argues that the driving force in cultural history lies not in institutions or ideas but in the human brain—specifically in the struggle for supremacy between the right and left hemispheres, which have fundamentally different ways of apprehending and engaging the world. This requires less of a willfully directed, narrowly focused attention, and more of an open, receptive, widely diffused alertness to whatever exists, with allegiances outside of the self The two approaches to the world can interfere with each another. That encroachment has reshaped the human brain, enhancing its lefthemisphere capacity for information gathering, manipulation, and exploitation at the expense of its right-hemisphere capacity for wisdom, empathy, and altruism. McGilchrist admires the effort by Romantics and continental philosophers to restore the balance between embedded and detached thinking, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
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The differing world views of the right and left brain the "Master" and "Emissary" in the title, respectively have, according to the author, shaped Western culture since the time of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato , and the growing conflict between these views has implications for the way the modern world is changing.
The Master and his Emissary
Skip to search form Skip to main content. McGilchrist Published Ian McGilchrist oversees the long process from studying English literature to going to medical school and becoming a psychiatrist that led to him concieving and writing 'The Master and His Emissary'. View PDF. Save to Library. Create Alert.
Amazon US. Amazon UK. This book argues that the division of the brain into two hemispheres is essential to human existence, making possible incompatible versions of the world, with quite different priorities and values. Most scientists long ago abandoned the attempt to understand why nature has so carefully segregated the hemispheres, or how to make coherent the large, and expanding, body of evidence about their differences. In fact to talk about the topic is to invite dismissal. But, like the brain itself, the relationship between the hemispheres is not symmetrical. However it turns out that the emissary has his own will, and secretly believes himself to be superior to the Master.