LEAP!  THEORY LESSON OF THE DAY:
WHY GREAT BRAIN SHIFTS COME IN TWOS

If James Carville, the Cajun-steeped political genius who engineered Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign, is ever summoned to play God, his first words as deity will probably be, “It’s a brain thing, stupid!”

Certainly, that’s what our Cliff’s Notes analysis of history at LEAP!psych indicates.

Each time we humans have experienced one of those great technological (tool-making) shifts, the brain of our species has followed with a two-step reinvention of the way it projects itself onto world and how it projects the world onto itself. That is, each time our tools have radically changed, the brain has responded by reordering its “worldview” times two, with earth-shattering consequences.

But why does this radical reordering of how and what the brain thinks, sees and does come in twos? I’ve argued many times that it is because the brain itself is a set of two: it comes in distinct halves—its celebrated (and frequently argued over) left and right hemispheres.

Because it is the more adept of the hemispheres in birthing new mythologies, philosophies and psychologies—in storytelling and story-imaging!—the right hemisphere’s new view of things invariably debuts first, only then to be followed by the copycat left hemisphere’s view of things.

With each epic, LEAP!-launching new technological wave, the left brain invariably appropriates the right brain’s “take” on things, fragments it, extracts the actionable elements and in reassembling them, places its own unique, ultra-results-oriented stamp on whole shebang. And, invariably, when this occurs, both “sides” ignore the fact that they are the offspring of the same great, new technological forces and tools. Can enmity, misunderstanding and conflict be far behind? Usually not.

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