The Master and His Emissary

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

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Publisher Description

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

GENRE
Body, Mind & Spirit
RELEASED
2019
26 March
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
616
Pages
PUBLISHER
Yale University Press
SELLER
Yale University
SIZE
9.3
MB

Customer Reviews

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The Master and His Emissary

Definitely the best book I have read in a long time. Covering history, philosophy, literature, art, music in great depth, and in relation to our divided brain, it comes close to explaining everything, while also pointing out that nothing can be fully explained, and that much will always be beyond explanation.

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