It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world by Dr. Iain McGilchrist

In this excellent TVO video Dr. Iain McGilchrist discusses his take on psychology, speculates that many psychological disorders may be due to problems with the right hemisphere of the human brain and suggests that this may be associated with the way we now live. He ends by describing a world in which the left hemisphere dominates (51:53):

Loss of the broader picture…..knowledge would become replaced by information, tokens or representations…wisdom lost all together…..loss of concepts of skill and judgment as too vague…..instead…algorithms., procedures and constant need for verification…things would become more abstract….matter would be just mere matter……spend a lot of time in our heads…. bureaucracy would have a field day…..need for procedures that are known…..anonymity….predictability, explicit abstraction….loss of sense of uniqueness……quantity not quality..….reasonableness would be replaced by rationality…..failure of common sense…..maximize utility….loss of social cohesion….a lot of paranoia…need for total control…..CCTV and monitoring at all times……anger and aggression…..would become ….predominant…..see ourselves……as victims…….art would become conceptual….music would be reduced to little more than rhythm………language would become diffuse and lacking in concrete reference……..undercutting of the sense of wonder……tied down by a network of small complicated rules…….no longer rely on tacit implicit understanding and trust….all this would be accompanied by a dangerous unwarranted optimism.

Dr. Iain McGilchrist then says: “if that rings any bells?”

Rings any bells?!!! I feel like the The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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