Download and read online The Master and His Emissary in PDF and EPUB Why is the brain divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries. In a book of unprecedented scope, Iain McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent brain research, illustrated with case histories, to reveal that the difference is profound—not just this or that function, but two whole, coherent, but incompatible ways of experiencing the world. The left hemisphere is detail oriented, prefers mechanisms to living things, and is inclined to self-interest, where the right hemisphere has greater breadth, flexibility, and generosity. This division helps explain the origins of music and language, and casts new light on the history of philosophy, as well as on some mental illnesses. In the second part of the 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 Aeschylus to Magritte. He argues that, despite its inferior grasp of reality, the left hemisphere is increasingly taking precedence in the modern world, with potentially disastrous consequences. This is truly a tour de force that should excite interest in a wide readership.
Download and read online Yale University Press Books in PDF and EPUB Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (books not included). Pages: 26. Chapters: The Master and His Emissary, The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things, Never at War, Nudge, The King Never Smiles, The Stripping of the Altars, The Cartoons that Shook the World, Manliness, Bureaucracy, Japanese: The Spoken Language, Omnipotent Government, Psychoanalysis and Religion, The Yale Book of Quotations, The Matter of Araby in Medieval England, Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture, Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas More, The Wealth of Networks, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, 1587: A Year of No Significance, We Wept Without Tears, Playing Indian, Benevolent Assimilation, The Future of the Internet, The Deadly Dinner Party, Democracy and Its Critics, Green to Gold. Excerpt: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World is a detailed and extensively documented scientific study of the specialist hemispheric functioning of the brain. 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 is written by Iain McGilchrist, a former Oxford literary scholar, now a doctor, psychiatrist and writer. A longitudinal fissure separates the brain into two cerebral hemispheres connected by a structure called the corpus callosum. As far back as 1861, research into speech and language by French physician Pierre Paul Broca and later by German physician Karl Wernicke shed light on the functions of the two brain hemispheres. However, modern research really became established in the 1960s when Michael Gazzaniga an...
Download and read online Der Geschmack von Laub und Erde in PDF and EPUB Was fühlt ein Tier, wie lebt es und wie nimmt es seine Umwelt wahr? Um das herauszufinden, tritt Charles Foster ein faszinierendes Experiment an. Er schlüpft in die Rolle von fünf verschiedenen Tierarten: Dachs, Otter, Fuchs, Rothirsch und Mauersegler. Er haust in einem Bau unter der Erde, schnappt mit den Zähnen nach Fischen in einem Fluss und durchstöbert Mülltonnen auf der Suche nach Nahrung. Er schärft seine Sinne, wird zum nachtaktiven Lebewesen, beschreibt wie ein Weinkenner die unterschiedlichen »Terroirs« von Würmern und wie sich der Duft der Erde in den verschiedenen Jahreszeiten verändert. In die scharfsinnige und witzige Schilderung seiner skurrilen Erfahrungen lässt er wissenswerte Fakten einfließen und stellt sie in den Kontext philosophischer Themen. Letztendlich geht es dabei auch um die eine Frage: Was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein.
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Download and read online Unerkl rlich ehrlich in PDF and EPUB Täglich täuschen wir Kollegen und Bekannte. Aber es ist doch erstaunlich, dass wir weit weniger schwindeln, als wir eigentlich könnten. Dan Ariely eröffnet eine völlig neue Sichtweise auf unser Verhalten und erklärt, warum wir trotz aller lockenden Vorteile keine notorischen Falschspieler sind.
Download and read online Design for Life in PDF and EPUB Stuart Walker’s design work has been described as life-changing, inspiring, disturbing and ferocious. Drawing on an extraordinarily diverse range of sources and informed by creative practice, Design for Life penetrates to the heart of modern culture and the malaise that underlies today’s moral and environmental crises. The author argues that this malaise is deep-seated and fundamental to the modern outlook. He shows how our preoccupation with technological progress, growth and the future has produced a constricted view of life – one that is both destructive and self-reinforcing. Based on over twenty-five years of scholarship and creative practice, he demonstrates the vital importance of solitude, contemplation, inner growth and the present moment in developing a different course – one that looks squarely at our current, precarious situation while offering a positive, hopeful way forward – a way that is compassionate, context-based, human scale, ethically motivated and critically creative. Design for Life is an intensely original contribution that will be essential reading for design practitioners and students. Written in a clear, accessible style, it will also appeal to a broader readership, especially anyone who is concerned with contemporary society’s rising inequalities and environmental failings and is looking for a more constructive, balanced and thoughtful direction.
Download and read online Der Sommer ohne M nner in PDF and EPUB Die New Yorker Dichterin Mia und der Neurowissenschaftler Boris haben eine Ehekrise. Boris möchte eine «Pause». Mia stellt fest, dass die Pause viel jünger als sie und überdies Boris’ Laborassistentin ist. Nach einer klinischen Depression braucht sie eine Pause, fährt allein in ihre Geburtsstadt in Minnesota und verbringt den Sommer in der Nähe ihrer Mutter, die, mit neunzig noch ziemlich munter, im Heim lebt. Ansonsten brütet Mia über den untreuen Boris und die Männer im Allgemeinen. Mit Wut im Bauch und dem Herzen auf der Zunge notiert sie zum Thema Liebe, Ehe und Sex, was ihr einfällt. Und das ist, neben Gedichten und einem erotischen Tagebuch, eine Menge! Die Kur schlägt an, und siehe da, langsam entdeckt sie sich und das Leben neu. Was für ein Genuss, was für eine Befreiung! Selbst Boris merkt das in der Ferne und schickt zerknirschte Mails. Siri Hustvedts neuer Roman ist ein hinreißendes, blitzgescheites Buch über das Leben von Frauen heute. Von der Geburt über den Sexus bis zum Tod, die scharfzüngige Mia nimmt kein Blatt vor den Mund. So erfrischend, so komisch kann Beziehungsanalyse sein – und das ganz ohne Männer!
Download and read online Philosophy of Mind Literature in PDF and EPUB Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 24. Chapters: Consciousness Explained, The Master and His Emissary, Niall McLaren, Richard Jefferies, Naming and Necessity, The Mind's I, The Concept of Mind, Minds and Machines, The Ghost in the Machine, The Emperor's New Mind, The Extended Mind, Mad pain and Martian pain, Society of Mind, Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit, Patrick Laude, The Mechanism of the Mind, The Symbolic Species, The Meaning of Meaning, Knowledge of language: its nature, origin, and use. Excerpt: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World is a detailed and extensively documented scientific study of the specialist hemispheric functioning of the brain. 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 is written by Iain McGilchrist, a former Oxford literary scholar, now a doctor, psychiatrist and writer. A longitudinal fissure separates the brain into two cerebral hemispheres connected by a structure called the corpus callosum. As far back as 1861, research into speech and language by French physician Pierre Paul Broca and later by German physician Karl Wernicke shed light on the functions of the two brain hemispheres. However, modern research really became established in the 1960s when Michael Gazzaniga and Roger Wolcott Sperry carried out research on split-brain patients in which a large part of the corpus callosum connecting the two hemispheres had been severed. This work was followed by that of others such as psychologist Robert E. Ornstein. It has become clear that the two hemispheres perform different func...
Download and read online Great Myths of the Brain in PDF and EPUB Great Myths of the Brain introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain. Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature Looks at enduring myths such as “Do we only use 10% of our brain?”, “Pregnant women lose their mind”, “Right-brained people are more creative” and many more. Delves into myths relating to specific brain disorders, including epilepsy, autism, dementia, and others Written engagingly and accessibly for students and lay readers alike, providing a unique introduction to the study of the brain Teaches readers how to spot neuro hype and neuro-nonsense claims in the media
Download and read online Why Humans Like to Cry in PDF and EPUB Humans are unique in shedding tears of sorrow. We do not just cry over our own problems: we seek out sad stories, go to film and the theatre to see Tragedies, and weep in response to music. What led humans to develop such a powerful social signal as tears, and to cultivate great forms of art which have the capacity to arouse us emotionally? Friedrich Nietzsche argued that Dionysian drives and music were essential to the development of Tragedy. Here, the neuropsychiatrist Michael Trimble, using insights from modern neuroscience and evolutionary biology, attempts to understand this fascinating and unique aspect of human nature--Book jacket.
Download and read online Mastery in PDF and EPUB The #1 New York Times-bestseller from the author of The 48 Laws of Power Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book. The bestseller author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene has spent a liftime studying the laws of power. Now, he shares the secret path to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Download and read online The Challenge of Things in PDF and EPUB A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, are immensely popular. The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers, but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds. Whether he is writing about the First World War and its legacy, free speech, the advantages of an atheist prime minister or the role of science in the arts, his essays are always enlightening, enlivening and hopeful.
Download and read online The God of the Left Hemisphere in PDF and EPUB The God of the Left Hemisphere explores the remarkable connections between the activities and functions of the human brain that writer William Blake termed 'Urizen' and the powerful complex of rationalising and ordering processes which modern neuroscience identifies as 'left hemisphere' brain activity. The book argues that Blake's profound understanding of the human brain is finding surprising corroboration in recent neuroscientific discoveries, such as those of the influential Harvard neuro-anatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, and it explores Blake's provocative supposition that the emergence of these rationalising, law-making, and 'limiting' activities within the human brain has been recorded in the earliest Creation texts, such as the Hebrew Bible, Plato's Timaeus, and the Norse sagas. Blake's prescient insight into the nature and origins of this dominant force within the brain allows him to radically reinterpret the psychological basis of the entity usually referred to in these texts as 'God'.The book draws in particular on the work of Bolte Taylor, whose study in this area is having a profound impact on how we understand mental activity and processes. Bolte Taylor was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2008 and her book recounting her research into left and right brain activity spent seventeen weeks in the New York Times best-seller list. The God of the Left Hemisphere also dovetails in many exciting and provocative ways with Iain McGilchrist's recent study of the impact of brain lateralisation on human culture in The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (2009). It is significant in this respect that McGilchrist also sees Blake's figure of Urizen as an 'instantiation of the left hemisphere take on the world'.In the second part of the book the author extends Blake's understanding of Urizenic activities and functions into a broader discussion concerning the place of both religion and rationality in contemporary culture. In particular, he examines Blake's contention that whilst religion and rationalistic science are supposed to be at loggerheads, symptomatic of a 'two cultures' divide, what they resemble more are different (or rival) versions of essentially similar systems of thoughts ('R1' and 'R2'). In order to clarify the nature of this relationship the author updates Blake's original imagery of mills and machinery to denote Urizenic processes and employs instead the more modern metaphor of rival operating systems, battling it out for supremacy of the left brain. Blake's presentation of Urizen as the 'Holy Reasoning Power' succinctly captures what he saw as the underlying rationalizing processes of orthodox religion as well as the religious and largely unconscious nature of much post-Newtonian science.
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