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The Brain and Society

In a world wracked by seemingly intractable hatreds and divisions, it may seem odd to focus on brain function as the key to healing societal ills. But that's the premise of How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save the Future….Our world depends too much on logical, analytical left-brain thinking. This leads to excessive dualism, a polarizing, my-way-or-the-highway approach to life that leaves people in perpetual opposition to one another. As a result, [Olson] says, "the right brain's intuitive abilities and expressions become weakened and distorted"….Harmony is crucial to breaking the dualistic deadlock and creating peace both individually and collectively.

James Olson