Heard a really fascinating interview by Andrew Marr with psychologist Iain McGilchrist on BBC’s Start the Week this morning. McGilchrist has written a book (The Divided Brain) on the roles of the different hemispheres of our brains.
The left brain/right brain metaphor has become a bit of a cliche, and McGilchrist is at pains to point out that the whole brain is involved in absolutely everything we do. The difference between the two sides is more akin to two completely different perspectives on the world. And those versions may often be at odds with one another, with the analytical side totally focused on the detail, while the more imaginative, creative side holds the big picture.
McGilchrist argues that in our current society, the analytical brain has totally overshadowed the more creative side. Maybe it’s time to redress the balance?
If you’re in the UK, you can hear the interview here (starts around 30 minutes in) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vw20v/Start_the_Week_15_11_2010/