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Bicameralism overturned

Bicameralism overturned
April 24, 2010, 01:22:25 AM
Out of the billions of human viewpoints, millions of human documents, thousands of human schools of thought, and hundreds of expressed philosophies, commonality is more common than you might think. We can group them pretty clearly.

The most basic division is this:
  • Reality-based: People who think we should adapt to the patterns of reality. We perceive how nature works, we make ourselves fit into it, and find a way to master it.
  • Personality-based: People who think reality should adapt to us. We pick how we wish nature worked, and impose it on reality, using our technology. (This group always comes after the first has succeeded).


Also: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

Re: Bicameralism overturned
April 24, 2010, 05:51:47 AM
A U.K. mental health consultant and clinical director with a background in literature, McGilchrist attempts to synthesize his two areas of expertise, arguing that the "divided and asymmetrical nature" of the human brain is reflected in the history of Western culture. Part I, The Divided Brain, lays the groundwork for his thesis, examining two lobes' significantly different features (structure, sensitivity to hormones, etc.) and separate functions (the left hemisphere is concerned with "what," the right with "how"). He suggests that music, "ultimately... the communication of emotion," is the "ancestor of language," arising largely in the right hemisphere while "the culture of the written word tends inevitably toward the predominantly left hemisphere." More controversially, McGilchrist argues that "there is no such thing as the brain" as such, only the brain as we perceive it; this leads him to conclude that different periods of Western civilization (from the Homeric epoch to the present), one or the other hemisphere has predominated, defining "consistent ways of being that persist" through time.

Neat. Also could be explained by the verbal/spatial split in intelligence: dying civilizations produce people with high verbal but low spatial, although most of them think they have high spatial intelligence as they memorize things invented by others.