The Master and His Emissary by Ian McGilchrist

A research review of The Master and His Emissary:The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Ian McGilchrist.

The Master and His Emissary by Ian McGilchrist

What it’s about: Our left brain is a great servant (analytical, accurate) but a poor master. Our right brains are more reliable and insightful—the right brain gives us our ability to see context and make nuanced judgment. An account of how the structure of our brains and what we value about this shapes society. If we over-value left-brained thinking our world will be overly mechanistic.

Why it matters: A fascinating parallel to the way we think about AI (hint, it’s a left brain).

Highlight: A deep appreciation for what biological intelligence does.

Read it if: You like deep explanations and different perspectives on intuition versus analysis from the perspective of the brain. And insight into how a bias for analysis can shift entire societies.

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