I will begin with showing this link to a 20 minute Youtube video on the subject of some differences between right brain and left brain activity.
Reading this review of Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ has caught my attention. Not for the first time has the subject of duel ways of processing our environment interested me. I am interested in the quick, intuitive ways of behaviour and not so capable when it comes to delibarate and labourous ways myself, so the whole subject is one I am familiar with –
Here is a review of the book in question, see if it interests you too.
Discussing the famous “gorilla study” kahneman writes,
The gorilla study illustrates two important facts about our minds; we can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.
The latter point is an ongoing theme of the book: not only do our powers of observation and reasoning fail us, but we rarely become aware of those failures.
The following words are from the Financial Times review of the book; Kahneman presents our thinking process as consisting of two systems. System 1 (Thinking Fast) is unconscious, intuitive and effort-free. System 2 (Thinking Slow) is conscious, uses deductive reasoning and is an awful lot of work. In Kahneman’s words, System 1 is “indeed the origin of much that we do wrong” but it is critical to understand that “it is also the origin of most of what we do right – which is most of what we do”. Kahneman’s book will help you Think Slow about what Thinking Fast gets very wrong, and what it gets very right.
‘. . . We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.’ William Gibson, ‘Pattern Recognition.’
Here is another googled image of ‘right brain, left brain.’