It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world by Dr. Iain McGilchrist

In this excellent TVO video Dr. Iain McGilchrist discusses his take on psychology, speculates that many psychological disorders may be due to problems with the right hemisphere of the human brain and suggests that this may be associated with the way we now live. He ends by describing a world in which the left hemisphere dominates (51:53):

Loss of the broader picture…..knowledge would become replaced by information, tokens or representations…wisdom lost all together…..loss of concepts of skill and judgment as too vague…..instead…algorithms., procedures and constant need for verification…things would become more abstract….matter would be just mere matter……spend a lot of time in our heads…. bureaucracy would have a field day…..need for procedures that are known…..anonymity….predictability, explicit abstraction….loss of sense of uniqueness……quantity not quality..….reasonableness would be replaced by rationality…..failure of common sense…..maximize utility….loss of social cohesion….a lot of paranoia…need for total control…..CCTV and monitoring at all times……anger and aggression…..would become ….predominant…..see ourselves……as victims…….art would become conceptual….music would be reduced to little more than rhythm………language would become diffuse and lacking in concrete reference……..undercutting of the sense of wonder……tied down by a network of small complicated rules…….no longer rely on tacit implicit understanding and trust….all this would be accompanied by a dangerous unwarranted optimism.

Dr. Iain McGilchrist then says: “if that rings any bells?”

Rings any bells?!!! I feel like the The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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Cool, bright and misty May Bank Holiday

Rising late, I saw that Hove was wreathed in sea mist yet the sun was doing it’s best to get through. Delayed by Marmite toast and strong tea I eventually hit the prom around mid day and found cool air, sunshine and mist. A perfect combination creating an odd sense that Brighton was a stage existing in a bubble out of step with the rest of England. Many would argue that, indeed it does. Tourists drifted in as the mist drifted out and by 2pm the weather was ready for sun bathing and ice cream…..and yes, the dog did get his share.

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

Hove Promenade

st malo beach

St Malo Beach

Brighton Festival

Clothed Tower

Jubilee Cloth Tower

Perhaps prudery is the theme of this year’s Brighton Festival as the Jubilee Clock Tower on the corner of North Street and West Street has been clothed for the occasion. I always look forward to the festival Fringe though these days I wonder what is meant by Fringe since it seems as organised and deliberately marketed as anything else.

The real Fringe is fun. In the North Lanes today a couple of guys were creating enormous bubbles to the delight of many toddlers passing by. They have a secret recipe for the bubble mix consisting of washing up liquid, baking power, acetic acid and some kind of pet product which I can’t remember. It seemed to work very well.

Bubbles

Bubbles

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Bubbles

Bubbles

Also in the North Lanes Eco Logic Cool, on Sydney Street, have a great use for old singles.

Eco Logic Cool

Eco Logic Cool

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