Happiness and fulfilment are by-products of other things, of a focus elsewhere – not the narrow focus on getting and using, but a broader empathic attention.Dr Iain McGilchrist
As we near the end of 2020, I am sure many of you are reflecting on the year and the events that unravelled. As we move towards the Christmas period we hope that you can enjoy time with friends and family and look forward to a more hopeful 2021. In this newsletter there are is a reminder about the upcoming discussion between Dr McGilchrist and Sam Harris later this month, an excerpt from a video from the member’s Q&A where Dr McGilchrist discusses his new book, The Matter with Things (this has been aired previously and is now gaining more attention on social media), the Love Itself podcast discussion with Cressida Bonas which is now live and more highlights from Dr McGilchrist’s Daily Poetry Readings.
Later this month, Dr McGilchrist will be taking part in a discussion via Zoom with the American author, neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris. Sam Harris explores rationality, ethics, politics and religion among other areas so this will make for a fascinating discussion. The conversation will appear on Harris’ podcasts which include Waking Up and Making Sense. We will be notifying you of a release date via this newsletter and through the website.
Dr McGilchrist discussing his new book, The Matter with Things (due for release in 2021)
If you missed Dr McGilchrist discussing his forthcoming new book, The Matter with Things, this video is available on the Channel McGilchrist YouTube channel. In this excerpt you can find Dr McGilchrist’s summary of his new book (due for release in 2021), why he wrote it, its relevance for us today and how it takes the ideas laid out in The Master and His Emissary and questions them further in relation to the current reductionist view of the world.
Below is an excerpt from his summary:
“As you know, The Master and His Emissary, took as its premise that the two hemispheres have a different way of looking at the world and I described more or less what that was, and saw some reflections in history culminating in the society we are in now. In this book, I am taking it a stage further. What I am saying is we need to explore philosophically quite what this does to the world that we experience and how it might delude us about its true nature. And I I feel that if we are going to survive and if our civilization is going to survive, we need to have a radically different view of the world. So what I am doing in this book is, if you like to put it very simply, trying to expose the weakness, the ignorance, the simplicity of the current reductionist view of the world which seems more or less unchallenged in the current intellectual arena…” Dr Iain McGilchrist
Love is what moves the sun and the other stars…”Dr Iain McGilchrist
Cressida Bonas asks Dr McGilchrist – “Could the problems in the modern world be influenced by an imbalance in the human brain? And how do the left and right hemispheres of our brain differ and make sense of the world?
We discuss the divided brain, and why it has such an important meaning for us today. I wanted to know whether we all have this damage to our right hemisphere, and what it means if the left side of the brain dominated the right. I questioned my response to beautiful music – is this experienced through the right hemisphere? – and we talked about the three things which make the right hemisphere stand out in its contribution to the human experience.
Because this is love itself, we also talked about the things which make a flourishing relationship, what we might call “the soul”, and how we can accept both our dark side and the failures within ourselves in order to become successful, balanced human beings.”
Daily Poetry Readings
If you are interested in engaging more deeply in Dr McGilchrist’s work, joining like-minded people in the discussion forum and having the opportunity to put a question to Dr McGilchrist, you can read more about what’s included in membership here. In the forum recently, discussions arose around how to spread the work and ideas laid out in The Master and His Emissary to a wider audience and of the parallels of Dr McGilchrist’s work with spirituality and in particular, Buddhism.
Thank you for all your support since we launched this year and we look forward to sharing more with you soon,
Team Channel McGilchrist