I have been fascinated and enthralled by The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. I believe it could make an important contribution to an understanding of the situation we are in now and how it has come into being. If we can understand how our view of reality has been created and controlled by an imbalance between the two hemispheres of our brain, we would be able to gain a different perspective on our predicament rather than remaining stuck, without the benefit of insight, within it.
The book explains how the growing and now dangerous dissociation between the right and left hemispheres of our brain has brought into being the culture of the modern Western world as well as the mind-set of the politicians, "opinion-makers" and the media that direct and control it.
Drawing on his long experience as a psychiatrist but also on a long-standing interest in and knowledge of history, literature and philosophy, the author offers the reader a vitally important, even crucially important key to understanding both our own nature and our present view of reality. The Master and His Emissary is grounded in a profound understanding of the neuroscience of the brain and also in an equally profound understanding of different historical epochs that have exhibited either a balance or a lack of balance between the left and right hemispheres. If read by enough people who are not caught in this imbalance, it could have the power to shift our culture towards a position of greater balance, thereby freeing us from the straitjacket of beliefs in which, for too long, we have been imprisoned. Anne Baring, psychotherapist and author