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The Ancestral Mind and the Dual-Systems Theory of Cognition

Hi there,

Let's start off the new year with a wonderful book by Boston-based Psychologist/Sleep Expert Gregg Jacob, The Ancestral Mind:

This book proposes that there are actually 2 distinct modes of cognition within our brain, the thinking brain (neocortex) and then the more ancient systems involved with emotion and other functions.

Although Jacobs describes this theory in scientific terms, he includes a wellness point of view and argues that emotionally profound moments are not just on a 'nice to have' status - they are essential to a healthy and good life.

I would love to see how others feel about this theory of 2 modes. Do you believe that they are fundamentally distinct? Is it true that modern culture is favouring the rational brain and that this is costing us? If rationality corresponds to knowledge of the external world, is there also a correspondence with our 'ancestral mind'. Can this be a form of knowledge? If also seeing the world through ancestral processing is necessary what does this mean for rationalism?

Anyway, lots to ponder...

Have a very safe and happy holiday season everyone - see you in 2013!


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