Apr 16, 2022Liked by Winston Smith

It's as if there is the imagining that parts are separate from the whole. This includes oneself. Objects are perceived as separate and somewhat alien from each other. Focus on parts instead of parts in relation to the whole without even realizing it.

I had a long conversation once with someone who was somewhat of an expert on Shakespeare. We were discussing Romeo and Juliet. He knew the meanings of the language used very well, much more so than me. He understood the symbolism of the usage of certain words and phrases which was educational to me. I learned things I did not know. I wasn't and still am not by any means well versed in Shakespeare. When I asked him what he thought of the overall symbolic meaning of the whole play I received a blank stare. "It's a love story", he said. I told him that I was not as familiar with all of the details as he was and I had probably mistakenly seen it as Romeo and Juliet representing divided consciousness and in the acceptance of death that division resulted in unity of consciousness. I received another blank stare. "Well I don't know", he said. Then I talked about King Lear and how I thought similar symbolism was used about acceptance of death and how overcoming the fear of death resulted in a change in consciousness. Another blank stare, "I'll have to give that some thought." A week or so later we talked again and he said, "I think you may be on to something."

This guy knows a whole lot more than I will ever know about Shakespeare's plays but he had focused so much on the parts that he didn't give much thought to the whole. He thought the focus on the parts was looking at the inner but it really wasn't. It was sort of like him using a microscope and focusing it here and there but never using binoculars.

Maybe this is a not so good of an example. It popped into my head when reading what you wrote.

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Apr 16, 2022Liked by Winston Smith

I agree: "We need to have both the narrow, precise, clearly defined view of the ‘bits’ at the same time as holding a view of the experiential, messy, fuzzy whole", but I fear that the 'fuzzy' bit is what's causing the 'right-hemisphere-brained' so-called leaders (a la BoJo, Palacechook, Buy-dong, Dangerous Dan, all the other lunatics running things) to have no freaking idea of the application of common sense.

Disclaimer: My left hemisphere dominates my right by at least a 2:1 margin, but my psyche is not unbending, righteous, or fanatical and certainly doesn't impose black/white-right/wrong judgements because my critical thinking tends to subject all of my senses to the wide range of options between transparency/opaqueness; good/bad; belief/disbelief; possible/impossible; probable/improbable; etc. for which I'd welcome any leader to evidence their thought processes for what has gone on over the last two years.

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Apr 29, 2022·edited Apr 29, 2022Liked by Winston Smith

Specialization leads to groups bragging about having the answer to everything.

In medicine, the virologists and geneticists took over like a hammer and everything looks like a nail.

They'll never cure cancer or other diseases, because the virologists and geneticists have "the solution".


Tons of good stuff on how ass backwards these "scientists"and "doctors" are.

Oh and when it comes to being purely left brained, it reminds me of the story in Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink. Most of them thought the artifact was real. Checked all the boxes. Linear thinking. One guy had a weird feeling about it. Something automatic in him didn't jive with the data. Turns out they artificially weathered the artifact and his subconscious noticed that it was too ordered aging... But it was very subtle!

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Apr 17, 2022Liked by Winston Smith

Another thought: All of us lean left brained. Some more than others. I think this is a result of enculturation that focuses on left brain perception. The right side isn't just neglected. In some ways it is supressed. This left dominance is isomorphic to all systems contained within a culture. One can be a genius, gifted with talents, be expert in any field and have that all occurr within a left dominant paradigm.

Tommy, the rock opera by the Who tries to communicate this concept symbolically. Tommy is born fatherless. His Uncle (culture) tinkers with him, abuses him and something shuts off. He is told to shut it off. Even in this half conscious state Tommy is an expert at what he does. He's a pinball wizard. He knows how to play the game. The left dominance game.

Tommy eventually heals, transforms, and comes to understand a larger reality.

Escaping from the consensus realm of left brain dominance is probably all that can effect real change. Problems created by left brain dominance can not be solved by 'solutions' from within left brain dominance.

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It's interesting that you use the metaphor of myopia because it's an eye disease that's becoming more common today because we stare at a screen in front of us all day instead of looking at the whole world around us.

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This Ted talk gives a good introduction to the current mypopia problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrTzBzETdls

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I've written up some thoughts on political insights me might be able to gain from McGilchrist, which you might be interested to read:


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