25 February 2011

Terror drives to the literal

The right hemisphere puts together the holistic meaning of language. The implication of what is said is understood by the right hemisphere. The left hemisphere understands the literal meaning. 
Fundamentalists as well as documentary hypothesists both take the Bible too literally. They bleach out the implicature. They treat the text like parts of a machine rather than as a unified narrative driving toward some ultimate point. 
The IDF views the Arab war against Israel in literal terms; the Saudis view it in symbolic terms where the narrative dominates the meaning of the actual events. 
Terror drives to the literal and away from the symbolic. Fear pushes away from the right hemisphere and toward the left. 

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