The Whole Brain Path to Peace (Hardcover)

Exploring the Role of Brain Hemispheres in a Polarized World

By James Olson

Origin Press, 9781579830557, 344pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

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Winner of:

  • Foreword Reviews (2011)
  • Philosophy Book of the Year Nautilus Awards (2011)
  • Social Change Independent Publisher (2011)
  • Psychology/Mental Health Eric Hoffer Award (2011, Bronze)
  • Self Help USA Best Book Award (2012, Finalist)
  • Social Change International Book Awards (2013, First Place)

Drawing broadly on science, philosophy, politics, and wisdom teachings, James Olson offers a holistic look at how the brain's division into distinct hemispheres results in two divergent perspectives on our experience. These contrasting perceptions of the world, in turn, become a direct cause of the crippling polarizations we see today in gender relations, politics, and public policy--leading to culture wars and even modern warfare. Noting that one side of the brain always tends to dominate the other, Olson offers novel methods to minimize this imbalance.

About the Author

James Olson is an integral philosopher whose studies have included business, engineering, art, Eastern and Western religion, language, psychology, and brain perspective. Olson has traveled extensively throughout Europe; lived in Austria, France, and Germany; and attended Oklahoma State University, the University of Vienna, Oklahoma University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the Kansas City Art Institute. As a practicing philosopher, Olson has worked most of his life to unify his understanding of material things, ideas, and spiritual energies by embracing concepts that are in harmony with one another. A former church deacon and farmer, as well as a state and national winner in 4-H, Olson starts with a core of conservative farm and Christian values, and into that integrates the complementary perspective of Eastern religion, the liberal perspective of Europe, the wisdom of ancient Egypt, the facts of science, the discipline of business, and the unique spiritual insights offered by modern revelation. Following the unifying guidelines of philosophy and drawing on his broad education, Olson has made it his mission to help bring the planet's masculine and feminine energies into greater harmony and a more peaceful state, through his advocacy of whole-brain thinking.

Praise For The Whole Brain Path to Peace: Exploring the Role of Brain Hemispheres in a Polarized World

"Excellent study of the holistic approach to an understanding of how the brain works." --Science of Mind Magazine
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