“Metaphor means to carry across. Metaphor carries us across the gap between the inner and outer world to encounter deep truths through the language of myth and poetry.” – Dr Iain McGilchrist
We hope you are keeping well. In this week we have notifications about John Cleese and Dr McGilchrist’s conversation which was successfully recorded last week, the Symposium on Wittgenstein with Rupert Read, and an excerpt on poetry from unseen footage from The Divided Brain film.
John Cleese and Dr McGilchrist’s conversation
Last week, John Cleese and Dr McGilchrist recorded a brilliant conversation via Zoom which we are looking forward to sharing with you soon. The entire conversation will be available in the Channel McGilchrist Member’s area but there will be around three long excerpts from this which will be made publicly available.
They discussed the importance of humour and our subsequent loss of it today, political correctness, the nature of creativity, and Dr McGilchrist’s new book due to be published later this year – and shared jokes and memories from their life experiences.
Symposium on Wittgenstein with Rupert Read
If you missed the live symposium on Wittgenstein with Rupert Read, Dr McGilchrist and Dr Katherine Morris, it is now available on YouTube and you can watch it here.
During this symposium via Zoom, Rupert Read introduces his latest book, Wittgenstein’s Liberatory Philosophy. This ‘post-therapeutic’ reading of Wittgenstein is Rupert’s most in-depth consideration of Wittgenstein to date.
The Physiological Effects of Poetry, Literature and Music – clip from unseen footage from The Divided Brain film
In this unseen footage from The Divided Brain film, Dr McGilchrist discusses the physiological effects that poetry, literature and music have on us. “When we read a poem or listen to a piece of music” he says, “it has profound physiological effects. And I noticed this with Wordsworth, that when you read Wordsworth… I hadn’t understood the importance of actually reading passages of his long autobiographical poem The Prelude out loud, and when you do you get this sense of a being that is moving and it is moving your being…”. You can watch this excerpt above, and the full video is available in the Member’s area of Channel McGilchrist.
Dr Iain McGilchrist reads, Admire Cranmer! by Stevie Smith
Dr McGilchrist continues to record the Daily Poetry Readings. This short poem, Admire Cranmer! by Stevie Smith, is deeply moving. Stevie Smith, otherwise known as Florence Margaret Smith (1902-1971) has been featured many times in Dr McGilchrist’s poetry readings. Here, she tells the story of Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) who was Archbishop of Canterbury, Head of the Church of England at the time, and author of the Prayer Book, of which the revised 1662 edition is considered one of the great monuments of English Literature.
When Queen Mary, who was Catholic, came to the throne, she attempted to reverse the Protestant Reformation and wanted Cranmer put to death. He was burnt at the stake for heresy and treason. You can listen to the poem here.
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