Hall of mirrors

The hemispheres literally create our perception of the world and if the left hemisphere takes over it can blind us to its own errors – creating the world in its own image. A Hall of Mirrors.

Here I suggest that it is as if the left hemisphere, which creates a sort of self-reflexive virtual world, has blocked off the available exits, the ways out of the hall of mirrors, into a reality which the right hemisphere could enable us to understand. In the past, this tendency was counterbalanced by forces from outside the enclosed system of the self-conscious mind; apart from the history incarnated in our culture, and the natural world itself, from both of which we are increasingly alienated, these were principally the embodied nature of our existence, the arts and religion. In our time each of these has been subverted and the routes of escape from the virtual world have been closed off. An increasingly mechanistic, fragmented, decontextualised world, marked by unwarranted optimism mixed with paranoia and a feeling of emptiness, has come about, reflecting, I believe, the unopposed action of a dysfunctional left hemisphere. ~ The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, McGilchrist

And interestingly, when serving for example a professional purpose aligned with values the right hemisphere appreciates, the left hemisphere cooperates and moves towards a more supportive function (even when that serves to undo some of the effects of left hemisphere's dominance).

We could become spectators rather than actors in all the comedies the world displays, and culture utterly conceptual, without the capacity for eliciting the metaphorical power of its incarnate wild qualities. And what remains of wild and unrepresented nature, not managed or submittal to rational exploitation for science or industry, becomes highly suspect and will most likely be seen as a threat and must be brought under (bureaucratic) control as soon as possible, undercutting our sense of awe or wonder, natural curiosity, and making connections with the other peoples on this planet, leading to a disenchanted life.


Our mindsets help us spot opportunities (and ignore blind spots) but if they are a fixed mental attitude or disposition they can trap us in self-defeating cycles, endlessly …

Under standing mindsets

Games People Play

The games in Games People Play give a deeper understanding of our own social interactions as well as our possible motives in such transactions. Great grounding and …

Fun to roleplay

Social imaginary

Internally reflective, there are potential escape routes that the left hemisphere can never take a hold of completely. There where the right hemisphere plays the grounding role.

Ways to an enchanted life!

Natural law

A justice system held to be common to all humans and derived from nature, reflecting the issues and immediacy of our life experience now, rather than from the rules of society or positive law.

Natural rights

Words and ideas dominate, but the words would be diffuse, excessive, lacking in concrete referents, clothed in abstraction, with no overall feel for its qualities as metaphor of mind, with intent to steer the social imaginary. Technical and bureaucratic language, devoid of any richness of meaning or significance, could become abundant and applied to everything in sight.


The rhetoric of smart cities contain some much repeated arguments to influence the social imaginary. Are they for real? Are we falling for that %^%$#?

Myth busting


With the sophistication of the brain circuitry adapted to the human capacity for more congruent linguistic expression, we can assist ourselves and others by making words and meanings that help make conversations easier and more balanced.

Don't take my word for it


The MITESMICC is riddled with propaganda. Probably every conflict is fought on two grounds: the battlefield and the minds of the people. The “good guys” and the “bad guys” can often both be guilty of misleading their people in order to receive support and a sense of legitimacy.

Ideas for a workshop

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