Nature and the Right Hemisphere

  • Nature and the Right Hemisphere

    Posted by Daniel Jones on November 27, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Hi everyone. I’ve actually been writing a book that looks at the American political system through the lens of our two hemispheres. I’ve read TMAHE twice, and came away with the understanding that the RH is more active when in nature (amidst the trees, birdsong, etc.) than is the LH. Yet for some reason I’m unable to find a specific passage relating just that.

    Is my memory deceiving me or does anyone know on which page in either TMAHE or TMWT he mentions the RH being more active or capable in nature?

    Thank you.

    Daniel Jones replied 6 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Zak Safra

    November 27, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Daniel

    Well that sounds right. I searched for the word “nature” using my kindle and this is the first result that comes close:

    “Of course, even the most highly evolved animals are incomparably inferior to ourselves in both respects, but the point is that they do show at least glimmerings of such, utilitarian, functions. But there are many things of which they show no evidence whatsoever: for instance, imagination, creativity, the capacity for religious awe, music, dance, poetry, art, love of nature, a moral sense, a sense of humour and the ability to change their minds. In all of these (though as always both hemispheres undoubtedly play a part), a large part, and in most cases the principal part, is played by the right hemisphere, usually involving the right frontal lobe.”

    That should be just before the conclusion of chapter 3.

    All the best 🙂


    • Daniel Jones

      November 29, 2023 at 3:58 am

      Thank you, Zak. I appreciate that. I did the same with my Kindle and got some things in the ballpark, but I thought there was something more explicit stating that the RH really is most active when in nature. Haven’t found it yet, though.

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