The Matter with Things

Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World

‘It’s very simple: this is one of the most important books ever published. And, yes, I do mean ever.’

Professor Charles Foster

Oxford University, Author of 'Being a Human' and 'Being a Beast'



The Ways To Truth



What Then Is True?

The Matter with Things, the new 2-volume book from the author of the widely acclaimed The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (over 100,000 copies sold worldwide).

  • 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 to a 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.


Members of Channel McGilchrist are able to receive exclusive access to Iain reading a number of passages from his new book as well as his personal message in the Member’s Discussion Forum. If you would like to join Channel McGilchrist you can find out more here.

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Published by Perspectiva Press, London, 2021

Technical info: 
Pages: 2 x 750pp
Publish date: 09/11/2021
Dimensions: 250mm x169mm x 66mm
RRP Price: £89.95; e-book: £29.95
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-914568-06-0
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-914568-05-3

The Matter with Things’ Publication Day Event November 2021 with How To Academy

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Philip Pullman


The Matter with Things

by Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Philip Pullman

‘The Matter with Things’ Book Launch November 2021 with ‘How To Academy’

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with John Cleese

Other Videos about ‘The Matter with Things’

More in the Members Area

Beyond the Brain: a conversation with Iain McGilchrist and Dr David Lorimer of the Scientific and Medical Network

This online event was recorded just as Iain had completed the writing of The Matter with Things.

The full video is available in the Members’ Area.