Dr. Matt Dorsey believes that an abundance of evidence from neuroscience implies that we can best understand this descent into the cold, mechanistic desert of the hypermodern in terms of the differences between the two hemispheres of the human brain.
Unfortunately, most of what pop psychology has taught us about hemispheric lateralization is flat-out wrong, but—according to thousands of available studies—there are indeed radical differences in how our two brains understand the world.
The left hemisphere tends toward highly literal, black and white thinking, prefers a kind of ‘spotlight’ style of hyper-focused attention, and specializes in the linear analysis of parts and symbols.
The right hemisphere, on the other hand, is capable of nuanced, metaphorical thinking, prefers a broad ‘floodlight’ style of attention, and specializes in the understanding of the whole, living, and highly complex systems that actually make up the world.
One deals with more direct observations of actual reality, whereas the other deals with human-made abstractions, tools, and symbols. In other words, the right hemisphere looks at the actual territory, whereas the left hemisphere looks at the map.
Drawing heavily upon the work of Oxford-trained psychiatrist, philosopher, and neuroscience research Dr. Iain McGilchrist’s, Dr. Matt will discuss the deeper ramifications of how these two totally opposite perspectives on the world affect:
— How we think about ourselves AND each other
— Spirituality and the quest for meaning
— How we create and experience art
— Fundamentalist-style thinking across all belief systems
— The way we practice science
— Human value systems and paradigms
— The kind of technology that we develop
— Our definitions of what is and is not ‘alive’
— And much more
Neuroscience should be nothing if not practical, though! This isn’t merely a lecture. It’s an interactive workshop with exercises designed to:
— Facilitate hemispheric harmony
— Get you unstuck when you’re being dominated by only one side or the other
— Help you observe the two styles of thinking in real-time so that you can become more aware of how your own consciousness works and recognize when you may need to shift gears for best results
Lastly, Dr. Matt will conclude with a discussion of how neuroscience can enrich our understanding of the non-dual awareness and metaphysics that Eastern spiritual traditions have been describing for millennia.