Author of “The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World” Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA’s free public events programme.
I haven’t posted an RSA video in awhile… enjoy! :)
Since Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau advocated multiculturalism in the 1970s, immigration in Canada has risen and crime has plummeted. Foreign-born residents make up some 20 percent of the populace—and a disproportionate number of these immigrants live in large cities such as Toronto, where crime has fallen 50 percent in the last 20 years. Keep reading …
”The results reveal that “cities with the highest increase in immigration also had the largest decrease in violent crime.” First-generation immigrants, contrary to stereotype, are studious, family-oriented, and unlikely to participate in risky activities. Giese also found that the aversion to crime “extended across all nationalities; it didn’t matter whether a teenager’s family was from India or Trinidad or China.” Unfortunately, with more years of exposure to Canadian culture, immigrant crime rates sneak back up to the national average—suggesting that it’s not where people are from, but where they grow up.”
Isn’t that somethin’.
Richard Feynman on Beauty
“I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything, and there are many things that I don’t know anything about. But I don’t have to know an answer, I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell possible - it doesn’t frighten me.”