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RSA Animate - The Divided Brain

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  • Cognition

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA's free public events programme.

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  • The "gift" is unpredictable.  It is magic. A conjuring.  A whimsy. A flight of fancy.  So it cannot be trusted.  And besides, it might be better than mine.  Or I might not have a gift at all.

    The idea of America, it might be worth noting, is a gift.  The preso's image of Liberty falling into Lilliput was striking.  And about right, regrettably.

  • I think it'd be awesome if you had the entire whiteboard once it's finished available as a High resolution image file, I'd love to turn some of the RSAnimate talks into posters and stuff to decorate my office space with? Anyone think this is a cool idea?

  • Has anyone seen a reference between McGilchrist's talk about brain hemispheres and the concepts set forth in Kahneman book Thinking, Fast and Slow? I am guessing that some connections between the right brain and System 2 could be drawn but it would be an interesting conversation to continue.

  • The best RSAnimate is in my opinion the David Harvey talk, as all the imagery actually helps to illustrate his points, rather than dazzle with clever effects. more information pls visit

  • I'm sure there are other elements that can cause ADD, some of them cultural, some biological, but yes, I think lack of parental participation is a key element for some kids.  Parenting in the world we live requires a huge amount of creativity and that is the missing ingredient.

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