The Right Hemisphere
and more...

(under construction)

OK, so we know that there is a mental mechanism in our brain
that processes all the information from our body senses BEFORE it is made available to us,
that is, before we become aware/conscious of those inputs, sensual as well as intellectual inputs.


That its' sole purpose is to present to our awareness, the "I", with a narrative that makes us
believe that we are in control, that "I am OK doing what I'm doing", "What I'm doing makes sense"


That if the interpreter does not have enough information to make sense of what we are doing
it will lie like a polititian and make up information to make our narrative logical, coherent,
even it it only makes sense to ourselves and no one else.


That this information has been known in the field of psychology for a long time. 
It's "old hat" as Dr. Valerie Gray Hardcastle tells us in her review of the book "The Minds Past",
so none of this is in doubt.

What is also no in doubt is that there is another perception mechanism
located generaly on the right hemisphere of our brain that
DOES NOT alter the information being perceived.
As Gazzaniga writes "We discovered that the left brain is easily able to go beyond
information given in a test, yet the right brain can't." (p153)


Or as Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor puts it:

"Our right hemisphere is all about this present moment. It's all about right here right now.
Our right hemisphere, it thinks in pictures and it learns kinesthetically through the movement of our bodies.
Information in the form of energy streams in simultaneously through all of our sensory systems.
And then it explodes into this enormous collage of what this present moment looks like.
What this present moment smells like and tastes like, what it feels like and what it sounds like."

Dr Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for:
One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened --
as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding --
she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story of recovery and awareness --
of how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
(Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:44.)


The LOCATION of these modules of the brain, by the way, does not really mater,
only their FUNCTION and DISTINCT way of operating is important.




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