Critique Of A Whole New Mind

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Will right-brainers rule the future? A whole new mind: why right-brainers will rule the future, a book by Daniel H. Pink assesses this critical question. Pink’s book is divided into two parts. Part one lays out the broad animating idea, provides an overview of key differences between our left and right hemispheres, presents the case for why Abundance, Asia, and Automation pushes the world into the “Conceptual Age”. It illustrates why people who master high concept and high touch set the tempo for modern life. Part two of the book covers the six essential right brain abilities Pink described as needed to make it in the Conceptual Age. Design. Story. Symphony. Empathy. Play. Meaning. Pink ...view middle of the document...

Pink’s agreement here conflicts with the reoccurring theme of his book that right brain directed thinking should be added to left brain directed thinking. Throughout the book Pink illustrated how right brain directed thinking is rising in fields that were restricted to L-directed thinking and thinkers. For example, in the chapter on story he reveals the idea of narrative medicine. “Narrative medicine is part of a wider trend to incorporate an R-Directed approach into what has long been a bastion of L-Directed muscle-flexing. Fifteen years ago, about one out of three American medical schools offered humanities courses. Today, three out of four do” (Pink, 2006). From this example just like many in his book Pink addresses how and why R-directed thinking could and should be added to L-directed thinking but he lack in evidence in showing that we are completely moving away from “an economy and society built on the logical, liner, computer-like capabilities of the Information Age to the economy and society built on the inventive empathetic, big-picture capabilities” (2006).

Pink’s argument that we are moving out of a left-brain dominance and in to a new era where right brain qualities will be prized is well illustrated in part one the book. According to Pink “the two hemispheres of our brain don’t operate as on-off switches…both halves play a role in nearly everything we do” (2011). Pink suggests that both hemisphere of the brain are equally important. In fact, “a healthy, happy, successful life depends on both hemispheres of the brain” (2011). Pink advocates we enhance our whole brain functioning in order to make the most of the new Conceptual Age.

A strong element of Pink’s thesis that persists throughout his book is that half-a-mind is not enough....

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