A popular fallacy in pop psychology is that there are two sets of people based wholly on whether they are left-brained or right-brained. The right hemisphere of the brain is for artistic, creative activities. People who are right-brained are innovative and artistic. And then there is the left hemisphere of the brain which is used for logical thinking, reasoning and so on.
But I recently found out in a vlog by one half of the Vlogbrothers, Hank Green, (link here- Are People Really Left-Brained or Right-Brained?) that there is no such thing as left-brained and right-brained individuals. It is a huge misconception that still prevails in pop psychology and thousands of people have been misguided into this false notion of how the brain works. And the saddest thing about this is that people have actually been advised to make career decisions based on whether they are “left-brained” or “right-brained”. This is depressing news.
And this is most probably not the only fallacy that we collectively think of as true, blindly following whatever information is presented to us. There may still be hundreds of other misconceptions that societies believe to be true. But then, all human thought is an attempt to arrive at knowledge that is sadly, beyond our reach. Some contemporary theories will be, at worst, debunked by later theories, or at best, new knowledge will be added to them. We are all horribly limited, and even when we think we know the truth, it is never the total truth. There are always some shades that have not been observed, some pictures that have remained hidden in the shadows.
We are all doomed to make mistakes because of our limited knowledge and understanding, for the simple reason that truth is evasive (not Truth as in the Biblical sense, rather as in the collective knowledge of the universe). We have made mistakes and we will continue to make them, I guarantee you, but that is not the end. We will try our best, enjoying everything while it lasts, every golden sun setting below the horizon, every drop of iridescent water. Keep on pushing forward. Making mistakes along the way. We are not expected to be perfect. What a relief that is. We are free to make mistakes, but not free to give up. Enjoy all the beauty of the universe, try to understand it, but remember, there is always more to realize.