Iain McGilchrist

The Divided Brain Clinic:
The Master & His Emissary

Two-day workshops in:
Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney

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Iain McGilchrist revolutionises our understanding of the way our brain operates.

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

by Iain McGilchrist

“A dazzling masterpiece, hugely ambitious and the most comprehensive, profound book ever written on brain laterality, which examines how our two brain hemispheres differ, relate to each other, and the huge implications of this discovery. We have two brain hemispheres, each capable of functioning independently. Each has a different point of view about the world. The right hemisphere – long thought of as “non-dominant” – is actually the Master, perceiving the world more directly, holistically and in context; the left is its Emissary, meant to serve the Master by developing more focused attention, when called for, and creating maps of the world. McGilchrist shows, through a brilliantly rich survey of the Western world, how in different eras, the arts, sciences, philosophy and even psychological health flourish when the balance between left and right is maintained. But our brains are plastic, and today, the plastic left hemisphere has become too dominant, inhibiting the right, and thinks itself the Master (this is not simply an anthropomorphism; the left hemisphere does not see its limitations, and confuses the maps it makes for the world it maps).

Our art, aesthetics, philosophy, technologies, even our legal systems and bureaucracies show these stifling effects, and new kinds of mental illnesses have emerged. One puts down this beautifully written, profound, philosophically sophisticated book thinking psychiatrist and former Oxford English professor McGilchrist might just be one of the most learned people in Europe.”

Professor Norman Doidge

Author of "The Brain That Changes Itself", University of Toronto & Columbia University, NY

Coming Soon: Live in Australia

Iain McGilchrist revolutionises our understanding of the way our brain operates.

We will be sending specific information out regularly. To keep informed…

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