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Rise of Left-Brain Thinking?

  1. TLMinut profile image61
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    Anyone's who has read (or even read reviews of) Iaian McGilchrist's book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, do you see it as a possibly true correlation of the supposed rise of autism and Asperger's Syndrome?

  2. Pearldiver profile image79
    Pearldiverposted 6 years ago

    Mate.... With a life changing question like that.. I'm so pleased that my Frontal Lobotomy removed my genuine desire to discuss such topics in forums, chicken coups and round the water cooler! big_smile

  3. TLMinut profile image61
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    It's too early in the morning here for me to be thinking of such things but I couldn't help it. I read despairing postings on a forum of adults with Asperger's and this book fit the subject so well! The author discusses history as alternating dominance of one side of the brain, then the other. Autistic people think completely differently than neurotypicals and it currently seems that our (western) society is heading toward the autistics BEING the new neurotypicals. The implications for society will be enormous.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Haven't read the book but I've always contended that the rise in electrical energy and the proliferation of chemicals in our food coupled with sensory overload have something to do with neurological dysfunction.

      And yes, history does show that right and left brain alternate, if that's how they're terming it. Throughout history, when there is a rise in science, at some point, people tire of it and begin to take a strong interest in the arts again and the reverse.

      1. Druid Dude profile image60
        Druid Dudeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Whole brain. Predominant use of one and we go in circles.

  4. Nouveau Skeptic profile image75
    Nouveau Skepticposted 6 years ago

    I would be dubious of the underlying science that suggested anyone aantomically normal experiences doesnt basically use their whole brain,the tow sides communicate constantly and worl as a whole.

    The whole idea that people are 'left' or 'right brained' is 99% bunkum when you look at actual scans.

  5. TLMinut profile image61
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    NS, where do you see that? I've looked everywhere and still find the prevailing thought that one or the other side IS dominant. Of course we all use both sides of our brains, I'm not suggesting at all that we don't. But most people do have a dominant hemisphere.

  6. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    I think:
    the right brain is more symbol oriented and the left brain more logic oriented. My theory is that the whole of western progressive culture is left brain oriented.