Dr Iain McGilchrist – The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World


Who are we? What is the world?

 

A unique opportunity for SMN Members and Subscribers to spend a day in the company of one of the greatest minds of our time!

 

  • Is the world essentially inert and mechanical – nothing but a collection of things for us to use?
  • Are we ourselves nothing but the playthings of chance, embroiled in a war of all against all?
  • Why, indeed, are we engaged in destroying everything that is valuable to us?
 
In this landmark new book, Iain McGilchrist addresses some of the oldest and hardest questions humanity faces – ones that, however, have a practical urgency for all of us today. Who are we? What is the world? How can we understand consciousness, matter, space and time? Is the cosmos without purpose or value? Can we really neglect the sacred and divine?

 

In doing so, he argues that we have become enslaved to an account of things dominated by the brain’s left hemisphere, one that blinds us to an awe-inspiring reality that is all around us, had we but eyes to see it. He suggests that in order to understand ourselves and the world we need science and intuition, reason and imagination, not just one or two; that they are in any case far from being in conflict; and that the brain’s right hemisphere plays the most important part in each. And he shows us how to recognise the ‘signature’ of the left hemisphere in our thinking, so as to avoid making decisions that bring disaster in their wake.

 

Following the paths of cutting-edge neurology, philosophy and physics, he reveals how each leads us toa similar vision of the world, one that is both profound and beautiful – and happens to be in line with the deepest traditions of human wisdom.

 

It is a vision that returns the world to life, and us to a better way of living in it: one we must embrace if we are to survive.

About the speaker:

 

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist, philosopher and literary scholar. He is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as a former Clinical Director of the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. His previous book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World reached international recognition and acclaim and has marked him out as one of the greatest thinkers and philosophers of our time.

 


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Date

Oct 30 2021
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 30 2021
  • Time: 5:00 am - 11:00 am

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  • Iain McGilchrist
    Iain McGilchrist
    Psychiatrist, Philosopher and Literary Scholar

    Dr Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist, philosopher and literary scholar. He is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as a former Clinical Director of the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. His previous book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World reached international recognition and acclaim and has marked him out as one of the greatest thinkers and philosophers of our time.

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