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The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning: Why We Are So Unhappy

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In this 10,000-word essay, written to complement Iain McGilchrist's acclaimed "The Master and His Emissary," the author asks why - despite the vast increase in material well-being - people are less happy today than they were half a century ago, and suggests that the division between the two hemispheres of the brain has a critical effect on how we see and understand the wor ...more
ebook, 40 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by Yale University Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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An excellent description of how left & right brain thinking are both necessary.

Though the writing style is on the dry side, this is an important piece of the puzzle on why so many westerners can have so much and be so unhappy. I would recommend this to anyone that is struggling with depression or lack of direction and passion.
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“Of course we do not actually build things up in the way that the left hemisphere imagines. That illusion comes from the fact that when we ask ourselves, after the event, how we understood something, our linear-processing left hemisphere comes up with the only way it knows, the way it would have had to do it if asked.” 1 likes
“Meaning emerges from engagement with the world, not from abstract contemplation of it.” 1 likes
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