It has been a busy few months where Dr McGilchrist completed his new book, The Matter with Things (due for publication at some point in 2021) and participated in many online events, conferences and podcasts. Some of these are still waiting to be released while others, such as the Beyond the Brain event, have been recorded and will be available soon in the member’s area of Channel McGilchrist. In this edition of the newsletter there is a short video about Education and Government which has been released before and is now receiving some interesting comments on social media. A podcast interview with Nick Spencer from Theos is now available and there is also a notification about an upcoming podcast interview with Cressida Bonas and Dr McGilchrist, a new article in the ‘Free Articles’ section, and some brilliant poems from the Daily Poetry Readings.
Beyond the Brain recording
If you missed the Beyond the Brain event at the beginning of November, a recording of Dr McGilchrist’s session will soon be available in the member’s area of Channel McGilchrist and we will notify you when it is available via this newsletter.
If you’ve missed some of the video clips that are on the YouTube channel, you can also find a selection on the Free Videos page of Channel McGilchrist. In the discussion of ‘How education and government are suffering from the loss of the right hemisphere’, Dr McGilchrist highlights the need for education to allow teachers the freedom to express their enthusiasm for their subject rather than having to follow a rigid curriculum, especially relevant in the humanities. “I would certainly like to get rid of the idea that it is all about a fixed curriculum that must be covered in a certain way, this de-skills teachers and deprives them of their autonomy. Teachers only teach well when they are not only knowledgeable about their subject but enthusiastic….” You can watch the full discussion here and can also now share these videos from the YouTube channel, Facebook page or Twitter feed, where this video has had some interesting responses.
How has the divided brain shaped the modern world?
Nick Spencer speaks to Iain McGilchrist about brains, minds, cultures, and God
Humans see and understand the world in different ways, ways that appear to map onto the brain’s function and in particular its hemispheric nature. But how has that ‘attention’ shaped the world we live in today? You can listen to this podcast by clicking here.
Dr Iain McGilchrist and Cressida Bonas Interview on ‘Love Itself’
A few weeks ago Dr Iain McGilchrist was interviewed by Cressida Bonas for her podcast series, Love Itself, a follow-on to the acclaimed series, Fear Itself. This fascinating discussion is due for release from Wednesday 25th November 2020. If you would like to listen, you will find the podcast here from 25th November.
This article is reproduced from the book, Re-enchanting the Academy, by kind permission of Rubedo Press.
“McGilchrist, neuroscientist and English literature scholar, provides us with a monumental overview of the fundamental duality of human cognition in his 2009 book, The Master and His Emissary. He observes that ‘the divided nature of our reality has been a consistent observation since humanity has been sufficiently self-conscious to reflect on it’, and beginning with the fact that the human brain is physically divided in two, he explores how this characteristic can be taken as a grand metaphor for the way Western culture over the last 2,000 years has demonstrated two distinct, and often adversarial, ways of knowing. This is not an ungrounded metaphor, for as a neuro-scientist McGilchrist demonstrates empirically how the human brain really does work in two different ways, according to the specific functions of the right and left hemispheres….” Continue reading
Dr McGilchrist continues to record the Daily Poetry Readings which are released on the YouTube channel and posted to Facebook and Twitter each day. Here are some recent gems from some greats – Milton, Shakespeare and Blake.
Still to come – Dr McGilchrist’s interview with Sam Harris, podcast with Theos, and exciting new events for 2021.
Thank you for reading, stay safe and well,
Team Channel McGilchrist