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How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save the Future

Would you like to manage your life more consciously and creatively? Make better decisions? Find peace of mind? Then let me suggest, a great place to start, the brain. Why the brain? Because the brain processes the information that feeds consciousness and informs us. Because it helps to guide our decision-making and influence our behavior. Take for example the brain’s division into right and left hemispheres. This structure creates a split in consciousness that polarizes most of us. But, this a default system. It can be overridden. Once we recognize how the brain polarizes us, polarization’s negative effects on our life and decision-making start to fade away. Another issue that the brain can help us understand is gender. Knowledge of how the brain operates, can help men better understand women, and women better understand men, leading to more peaceful minds and a more peaceful world.

To describe the brain’s role in informing us and shaping our behavior, How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save the Future takes a broad, holistic approach, one that looks at how the brain works, especially how it advances our search for truth and how this knowledge might help us better understand who we are as human beings. Not only does the book explore the brain’s influence on our thoughts & actions, it also explains that we can gain some control over this process—I’ll tell you how at the end of the video. The first half of the book considers the brain’s operation from a scientific perspective. The second half draws on stories that illustrate how the brain’s division into two hemispheres splits our values, beliefs, and behaviors into two broad categories and polarizes us. Issues discussed include war and peace, politics, the military-industrial-congressional complex, gender, sexual orientation, abortion, and religion.

To appreciate how the brain processes information and influences our behavior, we need to understand the management systems that operate the brain. Each hemisphere has its own operating system. The two operating systems complement one another: one is linear, the other nonlinear. As complements, they have different values and functions. Having different values and functions they tend to support different beliefs and behaviors. This discovery—that the two hemispheres are independently conscious—helped Roger Sperry win a Nobel Prize.

Also cutting-edge is the book’s inclusion of the science of genetic dominance. As a consequence of genetic dominance our experience of consciousness takes one of four forms. The two most common forms occur when one hemisphere and its operating system completely dominates the other—in other words, when either our linear or our nonlinear operating system is dominant. A third form of consciousness is brought about when linear and nonlinear operating systems work together as a team. In a fourth group of people, linear and nonlinear systems integrate to form a single system, a hybrid system. These four variations in consciousness—linear, nonlinear, team, and hybrid—can further combine to produce a total of 16 variations, each with its own unique gender characteristics. And because males and females inherit one of 16 types, this model describes 32 different sexual orientations. It also helps explain gender fluidity.

The ultimate purpose of this book is to explore how we can attain peace—within ourselves, with others, and in the world. As left-brain and right-brain systems of consciousness compete for control in our minds and cultures they often come into conflict. However, much of this conflict is a consequence of failing to recognize the underlying unity of the two systems. Once we understand that the two systems are cooperative as well as competitive, ideas and individuals previously viewed as competitors and treated as a potential threat are seen as what they truly are: complements, teammates.

If you are left- or right-brain dominant, this book will help you unify your two operating systems and develop whole-brain thinking. And it’s easy. Once you are familiar with the brain’s linear and nonlinear operating systems and know which is your dominant system, simply consult your nondominant system. Consider its perspective, its characteristic values, beliefs, and responses. If you are not left- or right-brain-dominant this book will help you better understand and interact with the majority who are. It will also help you better understand your own system of consciousness.

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