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Author McGilchrist, Iain.

Title The master and his emissary : the divided brain and the making of the Western world / Iain McGilchrist.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  612.825 MCGI    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 597 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. The Master and His Emissary -- Pt. 1. The Divided Brain -- Ch. 1. Asymmetry and the Brain -- Ch. 2. What do the Two Hemispheres 'Do'? -- Ch. 3. Language, Truth and Music -- Ch. 4. The Nature of the Two Worlds -- Ch. 5. The Primacy of the Right Hemisphere -- Ch. 6. The Triumph of the Left Hemisphere -- Pt. 2. How the Brain Has Shaped Our World -- Ch. 7. Imitation and the Evolution of Culture -- Ch. 8. The Ancient World -- Ch. 9. The Renaissance and the Reformation -- Ch. 10. The Enlightenment -- Ch. 11. Romanticism and the Industrial Revolution -- Ch. 12. The Modern and Post-Modern Worlds -- Conclusion: The Master Betrayed.
Summary "Why is the brain divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries. In this book, 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Cerebral dominance.
ISBN 9780300148787 (cl : alkaline paper)

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