fasting, fungi & fractals, Day 4

balanced brain

The hemispheres

Yet, research has increasingly shown that what we consider to be proper knowledge is only a limited representation of reality. John Verveake refers to this way of knowing as “propositional knowing.” It is a knowing-that, a knowing of the map. Iain McGilchrist describes in his best-seller The Master and His Emissary how the left hemisphere embraces this form of knowing. It is a master of abstraction, constantly breaking things into their parts. Moreover, even when limited in perception, the left hemisphere is always confident that it does know. It is neither open to change nor ambiguity or uncertainty.

Balancing the hemispheres

Fortunately, cognitive science has been unpicking the flaws of mind-body dualism. Embodied cognition acknowledges that the brain is embodied, meaning that the brain is informed by the body and the sensations it experiences. The most meaningful ways of knowing come from what Verveake refers to as participators knowing. This way of knowing relates to our sense of being connected and in a dialogue with reality. It is an embodied experience of being an active agent in the world and results from a deep sense of attunement with our environment.



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Jessica Böhme

Jessica Böhme

transformation researcher & ecological storyteller. exploring ecophilia as a lived philosophy. latest book: