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    The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Hardback) By (author) Iain McGilchrist


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    DescriptionWhy 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, he 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.

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    The Master and His Emissary
    The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Iain McGilchrist
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 56 mm
    Weight: 1,089 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300148787
    ISBN 10: 030014878X

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MJN
    B&T General Subject: 431
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    B&T Approval Code: A60750000
    BISAC V2.8: MED057000, PSY020000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: MED056000, SCI036000
    B&T Approval Code: A11010000
    BIC subject category V2: PSXM
    DC22: 612.825
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    DC22: 612.8/25
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    LC classification: QP385.5 .M36 2009
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000, SCI090000
    Thema V1.0: JHM, PSX, MKJ, PDZ
    Illustrations note
    15 colour images + 20 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    15 December 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford, where he taught literature, before training in medicine. He has an interest in brain research, and now works privately in London, where he was a Consultant and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital.
    Review quote
    Named one of the best books of 2010 by "The Guardian"--Best Books of 2010 "Guardian "