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The Whole-Brain Path to Peace: The Role of Left- and Right-Brain Dominance in the Polarization and Reunification of America

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Are you managing your brain? Or is your brain managing you? If you value self-knowledge, sooner or later you will face the profound role that the radically different perspectives of your left- and right-brain hemispheres play in your daily decisions. This timely book guides you in integrating these contrasting views of the world, and delves into the impact of brain lateral ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Origin Press
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Tom Leonhardt
Apr 19, 2012 Tom Leonhardt rated it did not like it
After reading this book, each chapter worse than the preceding one, I wondered about the editors and the publisher. This is a poorly written work, part political diatribe, part social rant, all according to the theory that the right lobe and the left lobe of the brain are locked in mortal combat and only though a harmonious union can one achieve personal and world peace. The premise, whether sound or not, is based on characteristics of the left and right brain lobes but science is simplified and ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Harry rated it really liked it
A fascinating read! In this work James Olson explores the differences in mental processing using our right and left brain hemispheres and shows the consequences of dominate hemispheric thinking on our individual and collective lives. He develops his highly interdisciplinary ideas in a very thoughtful and easy to understand structure. Each chapter clearly summizes the main points that it features with the cumulative ensemble of ideas being integrated and clearly explained through out the book. Mr ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Clarry rated it it was ok
*Update - I'm glad I picked up this book again. Mr. Olson really does explore many issues that people should be aware of. I still don't think the left/right brain theory has enough science behind it, but his insights into things like the drug war are very enlightening.

Despite my determination to give this book a full chance and finish it at a later date, I think I'm going to put my 2-cents in now.

I was really into the concept of this book in the beginning. It contains many fully cited
Aug 23, 2011 Haley rated it did not like it
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Note: I won a free copy of this book via goodreads giveaways.

When I read the information blurb on this book, I had expectations similar to some other readers. I expected a book that used, as a foundation, neuroscience or psychology to argue its points. I think a less misleading title/blurb would have talked about the application of religious beliefs with the occasional tidbits of neuroscience/psychology woven in. Additionally, as a slight aside, the tidbits were often presented in a somewhat que
I was not too sure what this book was to be about, but willing to give it a decent reading.

It did give me a solid impression of how the brain distinguishes between right and wrong, and that the Government in general is terribly greedy and disgustingly corrupt, but sadly, I found the rambling and very repetitive text quite boring after the first few chapters.

Instead of multitudes of 'quotes' from all sorts of Brain-Study Professionals (my guess is to assist in filling the pages), simple diagrams
I received this book through the goodreads free give away program. This book was a very hard book to rate, especially because I am unfamiliar with Wastern spriritual teachings and religions. I thought it was well-written with an scholarly bent. Throughout the book there was fascinating information that made sense, and was very enlightening. Some of it was even backed by research and experience. However, instead of sticking with good scientific information and theory, the author frequently and mo ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Juli rated it it was ok
The worst thing that anyone or anything can do is not live up to your expectations, and rightly or wrongly, The Whole-Brain Path to Peace did not live up to mine. Given the subtitles "The Role of Left-and Right-Brain Dominance in the Polarization and Reunification of America" and "An investigation into the effects of brain perspective on government, corporate life, war and our personal lives," I anticipated a book that started with some kind of brain science (neurology or psychology) and applied ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Gretchen rated it liked it
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When I read the book jacket, I thought that this book was a book about the science of the brain and how it works. Once I started reading the book, I realized that while there is some science, it is more a philosophical book about how the brain works and how to use your brain to be more peaceful and to view the world in a more holistic manner. It is very interesting and raises a lot of interesting topics such as the war on drugs. However it is only the last chapter that has more concrete ideas as ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing
I'm working on using both sides of my brain simultaneously! Interesting commentary of the uselessness of the drug wars and how prohibition only makes people want things more. There's a lot of information about the polarity of politicians and how their brains get into battles rather than compromising so citizens can benefit. Highly recommend!
May 17, 2012 Joy rated it it was ok
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This book seemed interesting at first. The book did not hold my interest enough to be able to finish it. So I cannot really write much more of a review.
Kristina Franken
Sep 04, 2012 Kristina Franken rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
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James Olson is a management-trained philosopher whose studies have included business, engineering, art, Eastern and Western religion, yoga, qigong, psychology, language, neuro-linguistic programming, philosophy, and brain perspective.

Olson has traveled extensively throughout Europe; lived in Austria, France, and Germany; and attended Oklahoma State University, the University of Vienna, Oklahoma Un
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