One of the most difficult aspects of our current culture is that we are pressured in so many ways to assume there is one and only one ‘real’ way of knowing our world. We are becoming more familiar with the idea that the different hemispheres of the brain process stimuli in radically different (though complementary) ways; yet we can still talk as if only the analytic, descriptive, one-directional causal mode of picturing reality had any authenticity.

In his brilliant book The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist has shown how the ‘specialisms’ of the two hemispheres ought to work together ...


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