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    The Left Brain and the West

    Do you think the West has gone too far with left brain thinking - that is, do you think we have gone too far with 'I -it' thinking?

    Do you think we should cultivate more 'I - you' thinking?

    The book, "The Master and the Emissary - the Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World", talks about this and here is the author - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUHxC4wiWk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Do you think the West has gone too far with left brain thinking - that is, do you think we have gone too far with 'I -it' thinking?

    Do you think we should cultivate more 'I - you' thinking?

    The book, "The Master and the Emissary - the Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World", talks about this and here is the author - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUHxC4wiWk
    This is a very good video. I too, like both sides of the brain just like he does, but would like the right brain developed more, just like he does.

    I think this has happened. That we have gone too far. Becuase like he said the bird was using Left brain for looking for food. But the bird was also using the right brain to look at the whole, so that itself is not made into food.

    We as humans have gotten to the point where we don't need to think on an everyday basis "Is this thing looking to eat me?" So we have more time and energy to put towards the part of the brain that says "This can be food" And of course this really applies to western way of thinking. And causes those problems he is talking about, like looking for happiness but in that we become resentful. <---cause we are not using the right brain to balance out the left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urarienev View Post
    This is a very good video. I too, like both sides of the brain just like he does, but would like the right brain developed more, just like he does.

    I think this has happened. That we have gone too far. Becuase like he said the bird was using Left brain for looking for food. But the bird was also using the right brain to look at the whole, so that itself is not made into food.

    We as humans have gotten to the point where we don't need to think on an everyday basis "Is this thing looking to eat me?" So we have more time and energy to put towards the part of the brain that says "This can be food" And of course this really applies to western way of thinking. And causes those problems he is talking about, like looking for happiness but in that we become resentful. <---cause we are not using the right brain to balance out the left.
    I am glad you liked the video and you picked out the salient points.

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    The West, The United States for example, is the most creative country with more inventions than can be counted at once. It's a hotbed of creativity! The economy is bred on free-thinking new ideas. It is doubtful it's too 'left-brained'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I am glad you liked the video and you picked out the salient points.
    Do you believe we could use some more right brain thinking over in the western hemisphere?

    I have also been introduced to this idea by spirit science(if you don't already know about it, you may want to youtube it. From the impression I have gotten you may like it) This idea that we are ignoring a whole other part of us that has some really great things to contribute. This type of stuff really interests me, particularly the biology of psychology
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    Is it only related with the west or this issue become with the whole world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roman67 View Post
    Is it only related with the west or this issue become with the whole world.
    The West has taken left hemisphere thinking to its logical conclusions with, for example, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

    However the East is now moving West and China for instance is preparing, as I write, to mimic the West by putting a man on the Moon.

    However as the East is moving West, the West is moving East, by mimicking Eastern families or tribes in the global village electonically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craic View Post
    The West, The United States for example, is the most creative country with more inventions than can be counted at once. It's a hotbed of creativity! The economy is bred on free-thinking new ideas. It is doubtful it's too 'left-brained'.
    'Creativity' is a product of the literate individual, sometimes called 'a genius'.

    However the Age of Literacy is over in the West and so is the literate individual, and so creativity is over, and so the creative genius is passé. Or to be more accurate, creativity is merely the content of the electronic media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    'Creativity' is a product of the literate individual, sometimes called 'a genius'.

    However the Age of Literacy is over in the West and so is the literate individual, and so creativity is over, and so the creative genius is passé. Or to be more accurate, creativity is merely the content of the electronic media.
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    Yeah, the way of the future. Yea. Worked great didn't it. I've heard hot air before but usually it has been into filling a balloon. There have been several attempts to subvert the U.S. Constitution and freedom. And we laugh at them! America laughs at them. They make for pretty funny jokes hahah!!

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    P.P.S. But I do have a favorable opinion about your country.
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    Actually, while I understand what each side is saying here, I don't think the West is as creative in some ways. I think in the very very broadest sense, the West is very left-brain and very technologically driven.

    We are a "hot" country; our paradigm is tech-progress. Levi-Strauss and other anthropologists have noticed this. We think linearly and progress linearally, in the most broad sense. Even our creativity and our religion tends to be structured and limiting, meant for us to progress from Point A and Point B. Other nations see us as more structured and confined than they are, and not as creative per se.

    Our approach can also be very different from "cold" cultures that are cyclical and might be more right-brained focused.

    I think "creativity" only really comes in when you get in the trenches in our culture, and see creativity on the microcosmic scale, for specific products for example. But our broad thinking? Not very creative. Note the broad topics of interest in our country and how we've been stuck in a rut for long periods of time. The people elected to solve the problems of our nation economically and politically right now end up in uncreative stagnant struggles, with little progerss being made. Etc. It's all very "me / my way" centered and fitting with each person's concept of what they think is right, rather than looking at the big picture and how everything fits into it.
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