Why the brain is dysfunctional and what we can do about it

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If the world doesn’t make sense and you feel you’ve wandered into an alternative reality then you’re probably right — or left as it turns out.

According to Graham Gynn and Tony Wright, authors of Left in the Darkness: The biological origins of the fall from grace, the left side of the brain dominates our behavior.

Unfortunately for us, the left brain is dysfunctional and distorts reality. In fact, not only is it dysfunctional, but it behaves badly and orders us around like a drill sergeant at the expense of the creative right brain which just wants to chill, be at peace with the universe and connect to a higher consciousness.

The left brain is a control freak and keeps a firm grip on our thoughts and actions.

One of the few times our right brain breaks free form this tyranny is when we drift  into the half-awake, half-asleep state known as hypnagogia. It is here that we access intuitive insights, creativity and higher consciousness without interference from our left brain.

Apart from these brief hypnagogic interludes, the right brain has languished in repressed silence since we left the forests for the savannah 200,000 years ago.

In addition to this right-brain repression, our entire brain has shrunk by five percent over the eons and will continue to do so unless we make changes. One of these changes includes diet. Whereas we once ate sweet organic fruits full of the vitamins needed for healthy growth, we’ve largely replaced them with nutritionally inferior grains, meats and fats that damage our brain.

The authors present compelling scientific evidence from numerous studies to explain our species’ dysfunction. They also argue the merits of returning to a mostly fruit-based diet because this would switch off the left brain and allow the right brain more freedom. We might also regain some of that grey matter before it atrophies completely.

You can download the Left in the Dark free edition or you can buy a copy on Amazon.

The authors make one request — that you tell other people about their research.

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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