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

The Master and His Emissary

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

Paperback Published: 14th February 2019
ISBN: 9780300245929
Number Of Pages: 616

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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. 

“A veritable tour de force, gradually and skilfully revealed. I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience.”—W. F. Bynum, TLS
 
“A profound examination.”—Philip Pullman
 
“Persuasively argues that our society is suffering from the consequences of an over-dominant left hemisphere losing touch with its natural regulative ‘master’ the right.  Brilliant and disturbing.”—Salley Vickers, a Guardian Best Book of the Year
 
“Clear, penetrating, lively, thorough and fascinating. . . . I couldn’t put it down.”—Mary Midgley, The Guardian

Industry Reviews

"One of the few contemporary works deserving classic status."-Nicholas Shakespeare, The Times
"A landmark. . . It tells a story you need to hear, of where we live now"-Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
"A seminal book"-Professor Ervin Laszlo, Huffington Post
"McGilchrist describes broad [intellectual] movements and famous figures as if they were battles and soldiers in a 2,500-year war between the brain's hemispheres. . .A scintillating intelligence is at work."-Economist
"A fascinating book. . . [McGilchrist] is a subtle and clever thinker, and unusually qualified to range with such authority over so many different domains of knowledge"-Harry Eyres, Financial Times
"A veritable tour de force, gradually and skilfully revealed. I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience"-Professor W.F. Bynum, TLS
Winner of the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize 2009
Shortlisted for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize 2010
Longlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize 2010

ISBN: 9780300245929
ISBN-10: 0300245920
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 616
Published: 14th February 2019
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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