Guest Article: Iain McGilchrist replies to Stephen Kosslyn and Wayne Miller on the divided brain

Very cool work here.


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Having studied neuro-cognitive psychology at university, I am always interested to read new theories in this area. We still have a very long way to go before we can claim to have a unified theory which explains how activity in the brain’s neurons (physical level) results in information processing (cognitive level), resulting in our conscious awareness of the world around us (the phenomenal level). Stephen Kosslyn, a hugely respected leader in cognitive neuroscience, along with Wayne Miller, have recently released a new book describing their new theory of how the brain works, which introduces a model of four modes of thought: Mover, Perceiver, Stimulator, and Adaptor. Kosslyn and Miller summarise their book in this article recently published in The Atlantic: How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory.

I am a huge fan of the work of psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist, who has written the seminal The Master and his Emissary: The Divided…

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