Contemporary Articles

This area of Channel McGilchrist is dedicated to articles of interest on contemporary topics as chosen by Dr Iain McGilchrist.

The Matter with Things: Peterson and McGilchrist | #278

The Matter with Things: Peterson and McGilchrist | #278

Running Time: 1:54:56 The two hemispheres of the human brain are explicitly different and both incredibly complex. Dr. Iain McGilchrist joins to discuss and explore the science of philosophy, covering everything from our ability to reason to how art can cross...

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Revival – Really? Are we Moving Beyond the Secular Scepticism of Religion? by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Revival – Really? Are we Moving Beyond the Secular Scepticism of Religion? by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Whisper it if you will, but an increasing number of observers are wondering if we are creeping towards some kind of Christian revival. High-profile public figures such as former atheist author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, novelist Paul Kingsnorth, comedian Russell Brand and storyteller Martin Shaw have converted. Articles and podcasts from secular writers and thinkers extolling Christianity’s influence on Western culture, the societal benefits of faith, or a renewed appreciation of the sacred, are becoming a more common sight than those tub-thumping for atheism. . 

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A Landscape of Consciousness: Toward a Taxonomy of Explanations and Implications by Robert Lawrence Kuhn (doi.org/10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2023.12.003)

A Landscape of Consciousness: Toward a Taxonomy of Explanations and Implications by Robert Lawrence Kuhn (doi.org/10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2023.12.003)

Abstract: Diverse explanations or theories of consciousness are arrayed on a roughly physicalist-to-nonphysicalist landscape of essences and mechanisms. Categories: Materialism Theories (philosophical, neurobiological, electromagnetic field, computational and informational, homeostatic and affective, embodied and enactive, relational, representational, language, phylogenetic evolution); Non-Reductive Physicalism; Quantum Theories; Integrated Information Theory; Panpsychisms; Monisms; Dualisms; Idealisms; Anomalous and Altered States Theories; Challenge Theories. There are many subcategories, especially for Materialism Theories. Each explanation is self-described by its adherents, critique is minimal and only for clarification, and there is no attempt to adjudicate among theories. The implications of consciousness explanations or theories are assessed with respect to: meaning/purpose/value (if any); AI consciousness; virtual immortality; and survival beyond death. A Landscape of Consciousness, I suggest, offers perspective

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Australasian Association of Philosophy’s 2024 Conference

Australasian Association of Philosophy’s 2024 Conference

Sunday 7th July to Thursday 11th July 2024, The University of Western Australia  (in-person)   Held annually since 1923, the Australasian Association of Philosophy's 2024 Conference will be held in person, hosted by The University of Western Australia. The conference...

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Members’ Q&A – Thursday 6th June 2024

Members’ Q&A – Thursday 6th June 2024

Thursday 6th June 2024, 6.00pm to 7.45pm UK time This event is open to Channel McGilchrist members only. As a Channel McGilchrist member, you have the unique opportunity to put a question to Iain for a live Q&A session via Zoom. These Q&As take place every...

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Left Versus Right Hemisphere: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Syndrome – David Murray

Left Versus Right Hemisphere: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Syndrome – David Murray

Dr Iain McGilchrist’s work on neuroscience has widened the scope of theoretical knowledge of the brain and its functions. His books are written in simple terminology accessible to the layman. In describing insights into the relationship between the hemispheres of the human brain, McGilchrist lays out theories that are integral to an evolving understanding of the subject. His conclusion is that civilisation itself is in danger if current trends in human cognitive behaviour continue. More optimistically, he explains how humanity has been here before and survived.

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Buddhism is an Ideal Practice and Potent Tool for Balancing the Left and Right Hemispheres of the Human Brain by Nilantha Ilangamuwa

Buddhism is an Ideal Practice and Potent Tool for Balancing the Left and Right Hemispheres of the Human Brain by Nilantha Ilangamuwa

In this interview with Dr. Iain McGilchrist, a distinguished authority in neuroscience, we explore the nuances of contemporary society, education, and the profound implications of technological advancement, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. McGilchrist, renowned for his extensive scholarship on hemispheric specialization within the human brain, provides insights into the imbalance between mechanistic thinking and holistic understanding, advocating a critical reassessment of educational paradigms.debate. 

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