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Gary Lachman – Consciousness Wars

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Secret Teachers of the Western World. In it I look at the history of the western esoteric or ‘inner’ tradition through the lens of the work of two important thinkers, the German-Swiss philosopher Jean Gebser, and the contemporary neuroscientist and English scholar Iain McGilchrist. My central idea is that the western …

10 percent of brain

Do We Only Use 10% of Our Brain? — Exploring the urban legend

When I was a lowly  graduate student—doing my PhD  thesis on the brains of boas and pythons—I had the great fortune of  having  dinner with  two Nobel prize winning brainscientists, David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, I asked the  great men: where did the idea that we only use 10% of our brains come from, and …