- Jesse Phillips
- Roseville, CA
- United States
What TED Talks represent examples of the ideas expressed in Iain McGilchrist's talk: The divided brain?
Iain McGilchrist discusses the differences between the left and right hemisphere and explains that the left hemisphere yields power to manipulate things that are static, isolated and generally lifeless while the right hemisphere by contrast yields a world of individual, changing, evolving, interconnected, implicit, incarnate, living beings in the context of the living world.
McGilchrist reminds us of the wisdom from Einstein that “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant but forgets the gift.”
In what ways are we consumed by the how rather than the why? How can we foster a society focused more on the gift rather than the servant?
McGilChrist discusses the problem that has developed because of the overuse of the left hemisphere of our brains, that "We live in a world which is paradoxical, we pursue happiness and it leads to resentment, unhappiness, and an explosion of mental illness."
McGilChrist reminds us of the warning from de Tocqueville that, "Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
McGilchrist give us hope for the future by using our right hemispheres to focus on a broader context of the world: "If you can stand back and see that other individual is an individual like me who might have interests and values and feelings like mine then you can make a bond."
This discussion is to find examples of these ideas expressed by McGilchrist in other TED Talks, to establish a connection between great ideas for our better understanding of these ideas so that we connect better with each other.