Welcome to the latest news from Channel McGilchrist. In this bi-monthly newsletter, you can keep up to date with Dr Iain McGilchrist’s upcoming events, latest interviews and discussions and also be informed about the latest additions to the website. One of the key intentions through this web platform is to share how others have applied Iain’s hypothesis and to bring like-minded enthusiasts together. Having launched just a few months ago, we are gradually adding new categories to the site which reflect this.
NEW – Free Articles of Interest
One of the new features which launched just a few days ago on Channel McGilchrist is the ‘Free Articles’ section accessible from the main menu. Here you will find two areas; Contemporary Articles and Historical Articles. In the Contemporary Articles section, you will find pieces expertly written by others who have been inspired by The Master and His Emissary and who have discovered resonances in the book to their own fields from as broad a scope as education, psychology and reform policy. Here are excerpts and links to a few of these wonderful articles:
“As covered in a recent essay as well as in his book, McGilchrist argues that this cognitive imbalance has potentially disastrous consequences. Our intensely analytical and relationally impoverished brains, he says, are leading us down a path toward civil conflict and environmental degradation. Looking around a Europe and Anglosphere riven with social and political conflict and an inability to come to grips with climate change, it’s a strong prima facie case… .As someone who has worked for almost twenty years in the field of job training and workforce development, I have long puzzled over the disconnect between what employers say they want and what our educational and training systems produce.” Read full article
Brent Orrell is a resident fellow at the AEI, where he focuses on workforce development and criminal justice reform policy.
Rod Tweedy’s The Divided Brain and Religion: Left Brain Angels and Right Brain Gods: William Blake, Iain McGilchrist & the War in Heaven
“Why do we think of our own brains, our own beings, as machines? As McGilchrist compellingly suggests in his groundbreaking work on the hemispheres, “the whole problem is that we are obsessed, because of what I argue is our affiliation to left-hemisphere modes of thought, with ‘what’ the brain does rather than the ‘how’ – ‘the manner in which’, something no one ever asked a machine.” (McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary)… In particular, modern neuroscience suggests that our brains manifest two distinct modes of attention, or ways of being, and that each mode delivers a distinct and different reality:” Read full article
Rod Tweedy is the editor for Karnac Books and the author of The God of the Left Hemisphere: Blake, Bolte Taylor and the Myth of Creation, a study of William Blake’s works in the light of contemporary neuroscience
Under Historical Articles you will find an article submitted and entitled by Iain McGilchrist ‘How Puritanism Works’
This is a fascinating but chilling eye witness account of the Reformation in Antwerp, a period in our history which Iain discusses at length in The Master and His Emissary. This was a time where the left hemisphere view replaced metaphor with simile and where the ability to simultaneously hold the animate and inanimate was lost. Here is an excerpt from the piece:
“Huge statues of saints, that stood in the walls upon pedestals, they unfastened and hurled down; among which, an ancient and great crucifix, with the two thieves hanging on each hand of our Saviour, they pulled down with ropes, and hewed in pieces; but touched not the two thieves, as if they only worshipped them, and desired them to be their good Lords. The chalices which they found in the vestry, they filled with wine prepared for the altar and drank them off in derision; greasing their shoes with the chrism, or holy oil: and after the spoil of all these things, laughed and were very merry at the matter.” You can read the full piece here.
We are always keen to hear from you and happy to review written articles for submission to the Channel, so do please get in touch.
Dr Iain McGilchrist presents: School of Nothing Buttery, via ZOOM for the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Tuesday 13th October, 7.30pm until 9.00pm. £5
“There is a strong reductionist element in popular science and some brands of philosophy which presents itself as speaking for science and the thinking person. It doesn’t. As a mode of approach to the world it is severely limited, enabling us to exploit the world while putting us in a poor position to understand what it is we are in the process of destroying. This take on the world is in fact the product of being blind to what the more intelligent and insightful part of our mind and brain is able to tell us.” Iain McGilchrist. To book for this event follow this link.
New Under Free Videos
If you missed the World Localisation Day event back in June, you can now watch Dr Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge, author, linguist, filmmaker and founder of Local Futures, under the Free Videos option. Iain and Helena discuss the destruction of the planet from the view of seeing it as a ‘resource’, the need to move from globalisation to localisation and how we can begin to approach the very complex and challenging problems we are encountering today.
You may have noticed that the homepage of Channel McGilchrist has a few more videos and clips added. Some of these are excerpts of the longer interviews which are included in Channel McGilchrist membership, including Iain discussing the thrust of his new book.
There is also a short, but brilliant clip on the homepage of unseen footage that was not used in the final cut of the film, The Divided Brain. Dr Colwyn Trevarthen shares his views on Iain’s work from his perspective. Dr Colwyn Trevarthen is Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, collaborator with Nobel Prize-winner Sir Roger Sperry at Caltech, and one of the world’s most distinguished living researchers on the perceptuomotor and cognitive functions of the cerebral hemispheres.
If you attended Iain McGilchrist’s four day event last year in the Cotswolds, hosted by Field & Field, you may remember how mind altering those four immersive days were. The course began with Iain’s lectures on how the two hemispheres work, and then looked at the value and limits of reason, intuition and the imagination, as well as language and many other fascinating areas. The event for this year was cancelled and has been rescheduled for next year. During lockdown, Iain recorded a two part lecture series at his home on the Isle of Skye entitled An Introduction to the Hemispheres which is similar to the Field & Field lecture. This is available in the member’s area of the Channel. These are illustrated lectures with Iain speaking to camera; Part One is around 90 minutes and Part Two is 45 minutes in length and they are a brilliant summary of the first few chapters of the book.
Among some of the members in the discussion forum, a Zoom call was recently organised where a specific part of Iain’s book was discussed between the group- Tracey Emin’s My Bed and questioning whether post-modernist art in general reflects which hemisphere may be dominant. There will be future meetings organised on an ad hoc basis for the time being. These Zoom calls are a wonderful addition to the written discussions in the forum, which often provide the starting point to engage in live conversation with each other. Members have also submitted their questions to Iain to select for the third Q&A since the Channel launched. If you would like to find out more about membership, which is available on a quarterly or yearly option, you can read more here.
Thank you for reading,
The Channel McGilchrist team