Left Brain/ Right Brain, Yin and Yang

“Left Brain/Right Brain is the innate conflict within our own minds. It is also the creative balance between that part of our mind which rationalizes, orders, creates processes and is logical, analytical and objective (the left brain) and that which is intuitive, thoughtful and subjective (the right brain). The creativity of an artist, a writer, or an entrepreneur is a right brain concept, which requires a daring, free-spirited, imaginative, uninhibited, unpredictable and revolutionary mindset. The critical thinking required by an academic or an administrator needs the strengths of the left brain: reductive, logical, focused, conservative, practical, and feasible. For anything to work well, there needs to be not only a balance but a fusion,

The most successful universal image of this is the T’ai Chi diagram: an egg composed of equal quantities of opposites: yolk and white, Yin and Yang. Yin is female, dark, earth-associated, passive, receptive, and lunar. Yant is associated with male energies: light, Heaven, sun and the active principle in nature. Together, they hatch mankind.”

Excerpted from: Rogerson, Barnaby. Rogerson’s Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers–from 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World. New York: Picador, 2013.

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