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The Alphabet and the Brain: The Lateralization of Writing by Derrick de Kerckhove, Charles J. Lumsden

By Derrick de Kerckhove, Charles J. Lumsden

This booklet is a end result of the recommendation significant key to­ ward realizing cognition in any complicated tradition is to be present in the relationships among processing orthographies, lan­ guage, and suggestion. during this publication, the individuals try and take in basic terms step one, particularly to examine that there are trustworthy con­ stancies one of the interactions among a given form of writing and particular mind methods. And, one of the attainable mind methods that may be investigated, just one it appears uncomplicated factor is being explored: specifically, no matter if the lateralization of examining and writing to the ideal in totally phonemic alphabets is the results of formalized yet primarily random occurrences, or no matter if a few physiological determinants are at play. the unique undertaking was once even more complex. it all started with Derrick de Kerckhove's try to determine a connection among the increase of the alphabetic tradition in Athens and the advance of a theatrical culture in that urban from round the finish of the sixth century B. c. to the Roman conquest. The underlying assumption, first proposed in a talk with Marshall McLuhan, was once that the Greek alphabet used to be chargeable for a basic switch within the psychology of the Athenians and that the construction of the nice tragedies of Greek theatre used to be one of those cultural reaction to a con­ dition of deep mental crisis.

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