Conversations with Dr Iain McGilchrist – New Zealand
18th November 2022
Conversations with Dr Iain McGilchrist.
Renowned psychiatrist, author, thinker, and former Oxford literary scholar.
Friday November 18th – 6pm – The Matter with Things
Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World.
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?
“McGilchrist’s Wager – There are three possibilities: either as with Pascal – there just is a God and all depends on our recognising him; or – as with Pascal – there just isn’t a God, in which case nothing is lost by believing; or (per McGilchrist) – if God is an eternal Becoming, fulfilled as God through the response of his creation, and we, for our part, constantly more fulfilled through our response to God; then we are literally partners in the creation of the universe, perhaps even in the becoming of God,(who is himself Becoming as much as Being): in which case it is imperative that we try to reach and know and love that God.”
The evening will begin with a lecture from Iain, not to be missed. Followed by champagne and canapés.
This is a great opportunity to meet Dr. Iain McGilchrist and explore his work in greater breadth and depth, as well as engage with like-minded enthusiasts.
Tickets are $125 per night (numbers are limited)
Iain is a psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher, philosopher and literary scholar. He is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. He is the author of a number of books, but is best-known for The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale 2009) and most recently he published a two-volume set The Matter With Things.