The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World - New Edition

Author(s) : Iain McGilchrist

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World - New Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Published : February 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 616
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Category 2 :
    Neuroscience
  • Catalogue No : 94190
  • ISBN 13 : 9780300245929
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300245

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A new edition of the bestselling classic - published with a special introduction to mark its 10th anniversary. This pioneering account sets out to understand the structure of the human brain - the place where mind meets matter. Until recently, the left hemisphere of our brain has been seen as the 'rational' side, the superior partner to the right. But is this distinction true? Drawing on a vast body of experimental research, Iain McGilchrist argues while our left brain makes for a wonderful servant, it is a very poor master. As he shows, it is the right side which is the more reliable and insightful. Without it, our world would be mechanistic - stripped of depth, colour and value.

About the Author(s)

Iain McGilchrist is a former fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former consultant psychiatrist and clinical director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. He has been a research fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, philosophy, medicine, and psychiatry. McGilchrist is the author of Against Criticism (Faber, 1982), The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World(Yale, 2009), The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning: Why Are We So Unhappy? (Yale, 2012), and is currently working on a project entitled There Are No Things, to be published by Penguin. He lives on the Isle of Skye.

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