Reply To: Suggestions of how discussions might be framed

  • Whit Blauvelt

    June 3, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    When you accuse Biden of having “fascist filth puppet masters,” that’s flaming.

    When you cite one instance of McGilchrist looking (to you) afraid, citing research showing greater sensitivity to fear correlating with conservatism, it’s not a reasonable inference about McGilchrist’s politics. Everyone, of every political stance, has fear at times. A deeply fearful person will not go before an audience and ask them to doubt the worth of what many of them devote their labors to. That takes courage.

    What do you fear of McGilchrist? Does the hemispheric hypothesis, if it becomes popular, put us at risk for the authoritarian turn so evident in Russia, Hungary, India, Florida and Texas? If so, how? There have been many advances in understanding whose down sides only become evident later. The internal combustion engine, plastics, the internet, all display dangers now which were overlooked in the beginning, despite their real contributions. What would a society in which the hemispheric hypothesis became common sense wisdom look like?

    McGilchrist openly dislikes much modern architecture — sharing King Charles’s taste there. Personally, I like much of the modern. But I would not point to London as a good example of it, nor to most recent American suburban development. What with the RH being better at empathy and beauty both, and the autism of, for example, Ron DeSantis being on the spectrum whose farther end is the schizophrenia McGilchrist is expert on, isn’t DeSantis’s attempt to make his followers fear the beauty of drag queens precisely the sort of pro-fascist tilt that a less autistic society would preclude?