Welcome to the latest news from Channel McGilchrist. Here you can keep up to date with Dr McGilchrist’s latest interviews and discussions, developments on Channel McGilchrist, as well as find out a little about what is happening in the member’s area of Channel McGilchrist. During our current time, it feels ever more important that we become aware of the critical message Iain carried through his book and work thereafter, and that we are able to create the space necessary to discuss matters of great importance openly. In this newsletter you will find information about two exclusive lectures previously only available to members, a new podcast, John Cleese’s recent comment on The Master and His Emissary and articles and books which focus on the urgency of climate concern and action.
Exclusive Lectures now available in the newly launched Channel McGilchrist online Shop
Channel McGilchrist has just launched its online shop. Among membership information, Iain’s books and Audiobook, you will be able to purchase and download two brilliant lectures that have previously only been available to members. These are:
For those who haven’t read Dr Iain McGilchrist’s groundbreaking book, this illustrated lecture in two parts will provide you with a clear and concise overview of the book, of how the two hemispheres of the brain respond and attend differently to the world, an exploration of their structural differences and why this is critical for our current times. And for those who have already read the book, you’ll find these two lectures the perfect refresher. These lectures were filmed at Iain’s home on the Isle of Skye. Find out more here.
This lecture by Dr Iain McGilchrist on The Brian and Culture: A Symbiotic Relationship, was recorded via Zoom for The Weekend University in July 2020. Here he discusses the neuroscience of how our brains mould the world, and how the world moulds our brains. Find out more here.
Many of you may already be familiar with the feature length documentary film, The Divided Brain, created by award winning filmmaker Vannesa Dylyn. Vanessa was recently interviewed about the film for a podcast where she discusses Iain’s hypothesis in the film, and how because western societies have placed so much emphasis on the left hemisphere to construct our world, we now face crises such as climate change, extreme political divisiveness and economic inequality. You can listen to the podcast here and you can find out more about the film or purchase it here.
Join PoetryEast for a conversation with renowned psychiatrist, writer, and literary scholar, Iain McGilchrist. Part one: ‘The Divided Brain’ will premier on Tues 13th Oct, 7pm (BST). Part two ‘The Making of the Western World’ on Tues 20th Oct, 7pm (BST). Jananavaca and Maitreyabandhu (from the London Buddhist Centre) will be in conversation with Dr McGilchirst about brain science, transcendence, poetry, and art.
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.
Dr Iain McGilchrist will be taking part in the Beyond the Brain event in November. Beyond the Brain is the world’s premier conference series exploring new research on whether and how consciousness and mind extend beyond the physical brain and body. The speakers taking part are all at the cutting edges of their fields and will be discussing innovative research strategies to probe the nature of consciousness. You will gain a vital overview and a deeper understanding of how consciousness research is expanding the horizons of science. Click here for more information and to book your ticket.
John Cleese was recently asked by The New York Times, ‘What’s the last great book you read?’:
“Iain McGilchrist’s “The Master and His Emissary… This book has, more than any others, explained things I have been puzzled by for decades, in particular the shortcomings of pure intellectualism.”
Hugh Roberts who is a former UN official wrote an essay for Earth Day for The New York Times on climate change and our relationship with the natural world which was influenced by Iain’s lecture ‘The Power of No’. You can read the article here.
New recommended book by Rupert Read and Samuel Alexander – Extinction Rebellion: Insights from the Inside
‘Everyone should read this book. It is short, and impassioned, but full of important information: above all an honest and practical plea for us to seize the moment for change urgently. It is inspirational. Please, for all our sakes, read it, and take its timely words to heart.’ – Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
Thank you for reading,
The Channel McGilchrist team