The Divided Brain

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Iain McGilchrist: The Divided Brain

Psychiatrist McGilchist debunks myths of split brain functioning and explains how the left and right hemispheres of the brain always work together, yet still have different specializations. He posits that their strengths (and physical size) have evolved with the demands of modern life, and that although the left hemisphere may be useful for more concrete tasks, the right brain is equally valuable, ending with this quote from Albert Einstein: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant but has forgotten the gift.” A cool illustrated RSA Animate video, created with an audio clip from a longer lecture on western civilization and the divided brain available here. Hat tip: an excellent blog post by Lapidarium notes.

Empathy and Civilization

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Roles of empathy in human civilization.

Social Neuroscience

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Social neuroscience explained.


Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Brisk overview of issues in which neuroscience and the law meet.