(PDF) Thoughts on Iain McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary | T Collins Logan - delightfulart.orgThe 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 received mostly favourable reviews upon its publication. Critics praised the book as being a landmark publication that could alter readers' perspective of how they viewed the world; A. Grayling , however, commented about the book that "the findings of brain science are nowhere near fine-grained enough yet to support the large psychological and cultural conclusions Iain McGilchrist draws". McGilchrist states: "What I began to see — and it was John Cutting's work on the right hemisphere that set me thinking — was that the difference lay not in what they [the two hemispheres] do, but how they do it.
The Master and His Emissary
In the rest of the book he shows how, this difference has not been superseded but taken more complex forms, most psychologists concluded that it is the left hemisphere that is the seat of the most important abilities of humans. By Glenn McLaren. Retrieved 10 March .
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I was not asked to write this review; I asked to be allowed to. I ordered my copy immediately after reading Mary Midgley's review 1 in the Guardian and waited impatiently for it to arrive. When it did, I read it in every spare moment I had, and a lot I hadn't, ending up with underlinings and sometimes manic exclamation marks pencilled onto almost every page: in all, not including another of small-print notes and references. In other words, it makes at least an attempt to stop the excitement of first reading being grabbed and ossified by my left hemisphere. Iain McGilchrist's qualifications for his massive undertaking are ideal, perhaps unique.