The Divided Brain at Schumacher College

Mon, 23 May 2011

The Divided Brain at Schumacher College

I'm just back from by third visit to Schumacher College in Totnes. The one week course was on the subject of "The Divided Brain" with Iain McGilchrist. As with my previous visits, it was an inspiring time. Iain's book "The Master and His Emissary" deals with the way we see and value the world around us. The core argument is that the two hemispheres of our brains do this quite differently. McGilchrist believes that the interaction between these two "world views" (the left and right hemisphere's) has had profound impact on our psychological and cultural development. It's heady stuff (no pun intended) and he presents a very compelling and well-supported hypothesis. I'll try to write more about it when it's fully sunk in.

Author: Sean Clark