"Medina uses an analogy of a spotlight to describe the differences in the hemisphere's processing of visual attention, which I'd like to modify for my students; the left hemisphere is like a laser pointer, finding and directly pointing out specific details. The right hemisphere is like a floodlight, showing us the big picture. Just as people tend to have dominating intelligences, most people's brains have a dominating hemisphere. If we revisit Daniel Pink's hypothesis, schools have traditionally favored the tasks that require the detail-oriented processing skills of the left hemisphere. To inspire balanced brain development, education needs to integrate activities that activate both hemispheres and do not place higher value on either process. "
"In contrast, the right hemisphere is like a train station into which several trains can enter simultaneously."
"Time in the right hemisphere is like floating down the river and absorbing whatever we encounter. We create an opening for something new to enter, a clearing, a possibility. This is a brain of no effort; just being and bringing forth. In computer terms this would be the modem to all computers in the universe. The power and energy perceived here is infinite. "
"You know left and right hemisphere, that sorta stuff. I found out that the right hemisphere is like a radio transmitter and receives signals. Cooool. The left hemisphere seems to be the workhorse and does all of the analysing and problem solving, directions to the body and so on. Aaalright, gimme five and cut that jive! But i got caught up on the right side. Because it receives signals, it is the area I became very interested in because it is where ideas and creativity originate. "
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.