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The Differing Right And Left Brains: From A Whole New Mind By Daniel Pink

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Some do not believe that we have a left and right brain. However, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future by Daniel H. Pink explains that the left and right hemispheres of the brain control different abilities. I have learned from this book how society and the economy have shifted from the “Information Age” to a “Conceptual Age,” how the arguments of left brain theorists (L- directed) differ from those of right brain theorists (R-directed), the three A’s of abundance, automation, and Asia, and the six essential aptitudes or “six senses” of Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning.
In an Oprah interview, Pink explained that in order to make it today, you have to work hard to outsource and automate. According to the author, “My generation's parents told their children, ’Become an accountant, a lawyer, or an engineer; that will give you a solid foothold in the middle class.’ But these jobs are now being sent overseas.”
The author explains that in many businesses, abilities associated with the left side of the brain used to matter the most. These include linear and sequential faculties and talent with spreadsheets. However, while the left-brain abilities still matter, they are not enough. Characteristics of the brain's right hemisphere are now also important, such as artistry, empathy, inventiveness, and big-picture thinking. These right brain abilities have become especially important in business fields. Pink stresses the difference between the two by saying that people who work with their left brain have to draw a chart, instead of a picture. It seems to me that Pink is making the left hemisphere inferior to the right hemisphere. For example, the author is stating that the right hemisphere has more unique abilities, while the left has fewer abilities that have little to no value in the business field.
Pink also covers the three A’s: abundance, automation, and Asia. Abundance refers to the amount of information produced in the current economy, along with knowledge workers and a standard of living unlike anything in the past. Automation refers to those who work with computer technology and thus can duplicate (more quickly...

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