Friday, August 20, 2010

Meandering on the right . . .

Today is the birthday of Roger Wolcott Sperry (August 20, 1913 – April 17, 1994), neuropsychologist, neurobiologist and Nobel laureate. He is considered a pioneer in the sciences of consciousness who, together with David H. Hubel and Torsten Wiesel, won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

"Where there used to be a chasm and irreconcilable conflict between the scientific and the traditional humanistic views of man and the world, we now perceive a continuum. A unifying new interpretative framework emerges with far reaching impact not only for science but for those ultimate value-belief guidelines by which mankind has tried to live and find meaning." - Roger W. Sperry

"Futurists and common sense concur that a substantial change, worldwide, in life style and moral guidelines will soon become an absolute necessity." - Roger W. Sperry

"Prior to the advent of brain, there was no color and no sound in the universe, nor was there any flavor or aroma and probably rather little sense and no feeling or emotion. Before brains the universe was also free of pain and anxiety." - Roger W. Sperry

"What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere." - Roger W. Sperry

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