The divided brain – what does it mean for democracy and journalism?

A friend of mine recently put me on to RSA Animate, an animation app for iPhones, iPads and Androids. He suggested it might be a useful tool to illustrate the arguments I put forward in Fraudcast News.

I soon found the following film, whose quality and vision convinced me my friend was right. It summarises some ideas by the psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist about how humans’ ‘divided brains’ – and our faulty understanding of that reality – have profoundly influenced our behaviour, culture and society. The work is part of the RSA’s 21st Century Enlightenment Project, which is full of such gems as this.

The film’s subject matter has direct relevance both to democracy and to journalism, with implications for the way we are governed, or govern ourselves, and the way we talk about the way we are governed.

This is 11 minutes and 48 seconds I don’t regret having spent watching something on  the internet.