Monday, March 07, 2005

Right and Left

No, I am not going to talk about politics, but I found a very interesting article on which brain hemisphere we need to rely on more nowadays. Maybe this is only interesting to me because I am studying for my Biological Psychology exam in April, but I think it is very well written and worth checking out: "Revenge of the Right Brain" by Daniel H. Pink

"[...]But a funny thing happened while we were pressing our noses to the grindstone: The world changed. The future no longer belongs to people who can reason with computer-like logic, speed, and precision. It belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind. Today - amid the uncertainties of an economy that has gone from boom to bust to blah - there's a metaphor that explains what's going on. And it's right inside our heads. [...]

Until recently, the abilities that led to success in school, work, and business were characteristic of the left hemisphere. They were the sorts of linear, logical, analytical talents measured by SATs and deployed by CPAs. Today, those capabilities are still necessary. But they're no longer sufficient. In a world upended by outsourcing, deluged with data, and choked with choices, the abilities that matter most are now closer in spirit to the specialties of the right hemisphere - artistry, empathy, seeing the big picture, and pursuing the transcendent.[...]"

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