The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Modern World, by Iain McGilchrist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First published in 2009, The Master and his Emissary is a landmark in studies on the two hemispheres of the brain, and how their different modes of interacting with reality have shaped the world we live in. Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and academic and has been both a practising consultant and a professor of English literature at Oxford University. His comprehensive grasp of arts and science is one of the keys to the book’s success, providing not only the clinical research to back up his arguments, but also finding their expression and manifestation in the artistic achievements of the Western world.

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Cultural Crossroads: Professor Wendy Doniger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Wendy Doniger is a scholar of Hindu culture. She studied at Harvard and Oxford and is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. Her numerous books include Hindu Myths: an Anthology, Women, Androgynes and Other Mythical Beasts, and The Hindus: An Alternative History. This last work became a No. 1 bestseller on its publication in 2009, but was later withdrawn from sale by its publisher, Penguin India, after coming under attack. It is now published by Speaking Tiger Books.

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