In Clarence's Time - Left Brain, Right Brain

Written by Marcus Bicknell on .

Did Clarence Bicknell's escape from the liturgy of the church free Clarence's right brain to work more effectively with his left brain?

Marcus Bicknell assesses the science of the two parts of the brain and puts Clarence's personality and skills in context.

Clarence's brain was in turmoil as he came to the end of his time in the church, as shown by the "Dearest Friend" letter which is reproduced in the accompanying download. On the 14th of May 1879 his Bordighera congregation rose up in protest at his writing and presenting a prayer for St Ampelio, i.e. promoting Catholicism in a protestant church. Bicknell immediately tore off his dog collar and disappeared for about six months, presumably to re-establish his faith… in something. The seeds of his deception in the church had led on that May day to a moment of revelation in his life, that flowers, sun, mountains and all of nature are just as meaningful as God, or more so. Rémy Masséglia, the director of the 2016 mini-documentary on Clarence Bicknell, adopted the film title “There is no God but Nature – Clarence Bicknell” and depicted his leaving the church by a bold scene in which a cassocked Bicknell pushes open the doors from the inside of the gloomy Bordighera Anglican church and emerges in a white linen suite into the flora and heat of the Riviera.Left Vs Right Brain

Was Clarence right-brained or left-brained? Is this phenomenom real? What conflicts exist between the two sides of the brain?

Jyl Lytle says “Those whom society deems to be geniuses have the ability to use logical left brain thinking in conjunction with the power of the creative right mind.” I am not saying Clarence was a genius, but the way in which his cartesian left brain mastered, and cooperated with, his creative right brain, through his fascinating life could have been a reason he was so successful in his non-religious undertakings.

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