This morning I came across this picture – actually a drawing – in Facebook that purported to characterize the two hemispheres of the human brain. As long as I can remember we’ve been told the left hemisphere is the seat of rationality and the right the seat of emotion and artistic endeavor.
I shared the picture on my Timeline, along with my observation that the left depicted “bean counters” and the right “ne’er-do-wells”. It was a light-hearted attempt at defining the so-called characteristics of each hemisphere.
However, I soon received somewhat of an admonition that all this was a fallacy, accompanied by a link to a wonderful animation (set to a lecture by the psychologist Iain McGilchrist) from the folks at RSAnimate, and I wanted to share it.
If I understand McGilchrist’s description of the brain’s activities, I believe the left side can be seen as the analytical part and the right can be seen as the synthetic (in the sense of synthesis; not man-made or chemical) part of how we see the world.
As one who considers himself a Systems Thinker and, especially, on a blog entitled Systems Savvy, this makes a great deal of sense to me, though I must admit I was in thrall to the belief that our left and right hemispheres were more like the graphic and less like the video. I, therefore, share them both and am curious to see if anyone will take the time to watch the video and tell me what they think. Have at it!
April 18th, 2012 at 12:51 pm
I watched The Divided Brain some months ago and thought it was fascinating! I’ll have to watch it again to refresh my memory.
April 18th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
Hi Meesh. It’s got to be worth a re-visit just to read some of the stuff that goes by real fast. Thanks for the comment. I trust all is well with you and your brood 🙂
April 18th, 2012 at 10:43 am
Such an intriguing video/presentation. Thanks for sharing.
April 18th, 2012 at 8:31 pm
Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.