Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future

I am currently reading A Whole New Mind, a New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller written by Daniel H. Pink. I will not review it; not today. For now, I just want to share with you a few quotes:

“Languages such as Arabic and Hebrew are often written only in  consonants, which means the reader must figure out what the vowel is by the surrounding concept and ideas.” (page 21)

I never thought about it that way. On a first stance, I would almost disagree. What do you think?

A Whole New Mind

A Whole New Mind – Book cover

“According to Ahmad Hariri, the neuroscientist who headed this position of the NIH project I participated in, the response to such images is likely learned through experience and social transmission and, thus, may be derived from, if not dependent on, response in the left hemisphere brain regions.” (page 24)

Referring to his reaction when exposed to an image where someone is pointing a gun (and yes, I am only quoting this because his name is Lebanese).

“Now twenty-five-year-old Indians are doing it – just as well, if not better; just as fast, if not faster – for the wages of a Taco Bell counter jockey.” (page 37)

The author argues that white collar jobs will soon be, for the majority, outsourced. He believes that MBA, lawyers, computer programing, engineering jobs do not have a prosperous future. Instead, the job market is shifting towards artists. Am I the only one not convinced?

“… when Lutz took over his post at beleaguered GM, and the New York Times asked him how his approach would differ from that of his predecessors, here’s how he responded: ” it’s more right brain… I see us being in the art business. Art, entertainment and mobile sculpture, which coincidentally, also happen to provide transportation.””  (page 53)

Here’s what initially got me intrigued:

  • “This book is a miracle. Completely original and profound.” Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence
  • “My Favorite business book.” Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World in Flat

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