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The Whole Brain Path to Peace
The Role of Left- and Right-Brain Dominance in the Polarization and Reunification of America
James Olson
ISBN: 9781579830557
Book (Hardcover)
Origin Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
335 pages
April 1, 2011


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

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.

James Olson is an independent philosopher whose studies have included art, religion, psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. He has attended Oklahoma State University, the University of Vienna, Oklahoma University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the Kansas City Art Institute. 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 (dualistic left-brain) and holistic right-brain feminine energies into greater harmony, through his advocacy of whole-brain thinking.
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