chapter  2
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The Origins

A quarter of a century ago a good many anthropologists tended to attribute all conceivable binary oppositions inherent in culture to brain asymmetry. This tendency, which Sally Springer and George Deutsch in their famous book stigmatized as “dichotomania” (Springer, Deutsch, 1981), is still alive both in the U.S. and in Russia, as evidenced by works addressing my favorite isomorphism – that between the hypostases of the Trinity and the cerebral hemispheres, the role of the Holy Spirit being played by the corpus callosum (Merricks, 2004; Agranovich and Berezin, 2005, p. 144).