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Right Hemisphere: Informational, Holistic, Subjective, Quantum Mechanical

The right hemisphere, on the other hand, specializes in tasks that are nonverbal, nonmathematical, and non-sequential in nature. Its function is mainly imaginative. Time does not exist in its domain, and everything is sensed as happening in the present. The now is expanded forever.

Dr. Jerre Levy from department of psychology, University of Chicago, has studied the cognitive specialties of the right hemisphere. She found that the mental capacity to make inter-modal spatial transformations from three-dimensional to unfolded two-dimensional forms was much better developed in the right hemisphere. This indicates complex visual and spatial functions of the right hemisphere, where the perception of part-whole relations originates. It suggests that right hemisphere is not specifically bounded to spatial dimensions, but rather it perceives the the object under investigation within the whole picture. Three- to two-dimensional transformation capability also suggests that the sense of depth is pale in the right hemisphere. [10] Since their left hemisphere is not yet developed, newborns do not have the sense of depth. Space as an isolated notion is not perceived by right hemisphere; merely the relations are noted. Coming to a logical conclusion that space must exist to accommodate different events is a function of left brain. It is interesting to note that space in quantum mechanics is quite different from space as we know it at the classical level. Quantum entanglement, where two particles are in direct contact with each other, even if they are miles apart—puts the very notion of space and locality in question and suggests non-locality as a fundamental feature of the universe. Bose -Einstein condensate is another evidence for non-locality in the quantum level.

Fotini Markopoulou, a researcher from Perimeter institute believes that space may not exist at all. One may assume that space as we perceive it is just an approximation of a more fundamental element, and is created within our perception.
The right brain hears the sounds and sees the world. However, the sounds are not isolated. The image of the world is not divided and is perceived as complex mental camouflages, and recalled in it’s entirely. There is no focus. The right brain witnesses merely a combination of images, kinetics, and functions. Borders between specific entities are softened to the verge of non-existence.

The sense of self is pale, and skin is not the boundary. The right brain perceives us as connected and one with everything else, not only the human race but everything else as well. Our ability to sense other people’s feelings and our sense of compassion originates here. In its eye, we are immersed in everything else in the planet and the universe. It tends to see the world as holistic and undivided entity. It just sees oneness. As such, it is also the site of spiritual wonder.

The right hemisphere is “word blind,” or incapable of seeing meaning in printed words. Although the right mind usually does not deal with letters, words, and sentences, it is responsible for understanding non-verbal relations and communications. Unlike the left brain, which deals with the quantitative measures of dialogue, the right brain is in charge of comprehending the meanings of people’s expressions. It senses the emotions that accompany the conversation, not the individual wordings. It deals with the quality of communication. Take music as an example. The left brain sees the individual notes and keys, whereas right brain appreciates the essence of the tune and the emotions associated with it.

The right hemisphere is designed to remember things as they relate to each other. It senses the movements and physiology of organisms in its totality. Dr. Taylor describes how after severe damage to her left brain, she was detached from “normal reality.” She mentions how she was “comforted by an expanding sense of grace … My consciousness soared into an all-knowingness, a ‘being at one’ with the universe, if you will … I could no longer clearly discern the physical boundaries of where I began and where I ended. I sensed the composition of my being as that of a fluid rather than that of a solid." [11]

She also describes the experience of living without her defective left brain as a very peaceful state of mind. During her stroke, the judging portion of her brain was absent and her brain chatter was silenced; as a result, she went under a blanket of tranquil euphoria. She describes her experience further: “Even though my thoughts were no longer a constant stream of chatter about the external world and my relationship to it, I was conscious and constantly present within my mind.”

Taylor noted, “The right mind is spontaneous, care free and imaginative. It allows our artistic juices to flow free without inhibition or judgment." [12]
The right brain is free from limitations of objective reality and can think intuitively, or “outside of the box.” Dreams belong to right hemisphere and are mostly free from interference from the left hemisphere. Non-locality is a feature of dreams. In addition, dreams are not time bound, as time and locality are features within the perception of the left brain. The right hemisphere is free to envisage all the probabilities and possibilities. (This is in line with quantum physics, where objects are considered to be in each and every possible state simultaneously.) It is spontaneous and imaginative. Logical limitations are not observed by the right hemisphere. It is therefore up to the left brain to pick the best one, based on sequential reasoning and logic. That is how we see the world at the classical level.

Looking at the big picture, imagining every probable state, the right mind somehow visualizes the existence at a superposition of states. Looking through the right brain’s lens, we can imagine and dream about any possibility at our will. In our dreams, it is not unusual to see that the same figure change faces to symbolize different persons. All the probabilities can be envisaged simultaneously by the right brain without limitations forced upon us by a logical mind. Likewise, reality on the quantum mechanical level also exists concurrently in all possible states. One may postulate that the right brain reveals the quantum mechanical level of reality without interfering, interpreting, or manipulating the received wave stimuli.

Sally P. Springer and George Deutsch, Left Brain/ Right Brain (New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1998) 
Sally P. Springer and George Deutsch, Left Brain/ Right Brain (New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1998) 
Sally P. Springer and George Deutsch, Left Brain/ Right Brain (New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1998) 
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