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If we are going to interfere in the lives of others, a little due diligence is a minimum requirement. Left, Invisible Children's Jason Russell. Right, a protest leader in Lagos, Nigeria / Facebook, AP A week and a half ago, I watched the Kony2012 video .
by Maria Popova A hemispheric history of the making of the Western world, or why abstraction is necessary for empathy. The metaphor of the “left-brain”/”right-brain” divide has permeated pop culture as one of the defining dichotomies of how we think about and describe ourselves. But this metaphor is rooted in a number of neuropsychological realities of how our brains operate — the right hemisphere (the “master”), with its flexibility and capacity for empathy and abstraction but lack of certainty, and the detail-oriented left (the “emissary”), with its preference for mechanisms over living things, its inability to see past the literal, and its propensity for self-interest.