for previous book The Whole Brain Path to Peace
About the Book
How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save The Future
Why Left Hemisphere Dominance Has Brought Humanity to the Brink of Disaster and How We Can Think Our Way to Peace and Healing
The Split-Brain’s Remarkable Effect on Consciousness and Culture
A practical inquiry into the operating systems of the left and right brain hemispheres and their surprising influence over lifestyle, politics, business, and religion.
A Path Out of Polarization
Our brains have numerous functioning parts, all of which serve us at any one moment. But decades of research reveal the existence of two basic brain operating systems―two fundamental ways in which the whole brain processes incoming information. Because of this phenomenon of brain dominance, most of us tend to favor the input of either our dualistic left-brain (which focuses on parts instead of wholes) or our holistic right hemisphere. This means that typically only half of our innate intelligence informs our thinking―and since the left-brain operating system dominates most males, our culture has itself become left-brain dominant.
How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save the Future explores this left-brain bias in our civilization, revealing it to be the root cause for centuries of war, racism, and political polarization―and eons of misunderstanding between the sexes. While most of our technological and scientific progress is driven by left-brain thinking, the great advances to come will require that we consciously harness both sides of our brain to greatly improve our cognition. Award-winning author James Olson goes on to explain how we can achieve greater internal harmony between the two operating systems of the brain―both as individuals and as a culture―thus showing us how and why thinking with our whole brains will lead us to peace and to the ultimate healing of our relationships and our world.
James Olson is an integral philosopher whose studies have included religion, art, psychology, neuroscience, and systems management. He has attended Oklahoma State University; the University of Vienna; Oklahoma University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration; and the Kansas City Art Institute. Following the unifying guidelines of philosophy and drawing on his broad education, Olson has made it his mission to help bring the planet’s masculine (dualistic left-brain) and feminine (holistic right-brain) energies into greater harmony, through his advocacy of whole-brain thinking. In addition to Eric Hoffer's prestigious Montaigne Medal, Olson's second book has won several awards including Foreword Review's Book of the Year in the Body Mind Spirit category, a Silver Nautilus award in Science, Cosmology and Expanded Consciousness, and a Silver IPPY for Philosophy/Mental Health. Olson’s first book, The Whole-Brain Path to Peace earned several national book awards, including Foreword Reviews 2011 Philosophy Book of the Year.