Divided Brain, Divided World explores the significance of the scientific fact that the two hemispheres of our brains have radically different ‘world views’. It argues that our failure to learn lessons from the crash, our continuing neglect of climate change, and the increase in mental health conditions may stem from a loss of perspective that we urgently need to regain.
Divided Brain, Divided World examines how related issues are illuminated by the ideas developed in author and psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist’s critically acclaimed work: The Master and his Emissary. It features a dialogue between McGilchrist and Director of RSA’s Social Brain Centre, Dr Jonathan Rowson, which informed a workshop with policymakers, journalists and academics.
This workshop led to a range of written reflections on the strength and significance of the ideas, including critique, clarification and illustrations of relevance in particular domains, including economics, behavioural economics, climate change, NGO campaigning, patent law, ethics, and art.
Many of us know what we should be doing to live healthily, yet many of us struggle to actually actively manage our health. This report asks why and what we can do about it.
Natural human characteristics can make it hard to manage our money well. This report identifies six of these behavioural hurdles to financial capability, and explores what this means for financial education.
Our report suggests that climate change is not about 'the environment', it's a problem with seven main dimensions: Science, Behaviour, Technology, Culture, Law, Economy and Democracy.