The ever excellent Freakonomics podcast recently put out a podcast called “This Idea Must Die” in which they borrowed a concept from edge.org: every year Edge.org asks a question and asks its contributors (high level thinkers, scientists, academics and nobel laureates) to write an essay in answer. This year the question was “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?”
One of the contributors is Sarah Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, and the idea that she suggested should die is that of the Left Brain / Right Brain divide.
In simple terms, the divide does not exist. In the podcast Blakemore states that the idea of left and right brain separation arose out of studies done in the sixties and seventies on people who had had surgery to divide their brains. Snip. In that scenario, the left and right hemispheres can no longer physically communicate with…
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