We hope you have been enjoying exploring Channel McGilchrist with the additional new content. Over the coming weeks, there will be further additions to the site as Dr McGilchrist prepares to read some excerpts from his new book, The Matter with Things, due to be published later this year.
In this week’s newsletter we have Dr Mark Vernon’s reflections on the conversation between Dr McGilchrist and Dr Rowan Williams on A Sense of the Sacred, a new interview recorded earlier this year on Law and Justice, as well as excerpts from the event Dr McGilchrist took part in last year with The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre which highlight the dangers of a mechanistic philosophy. There is also a new video in the Member’s area of Channel McGilchrist and information about asking Dr McGilchrist a question. We would also like to remind you that the conversation with Jordan Peterson will be coming out towards the end of this month.
If you missed the conversation on the sense of the sacred back in February with Dr McGilchrist and Dr Rowan Williams, broadcaster, writer, psychotherapist and former Anglican priest, Dr Mark Vernon, has recorded a review of it here.
“Iain McGilchrist and Rowan Williams were in dialogue on Friday 19th February 2021, a beautiful exchange that was sadly not recorded. Here I offer some thoughts on it, particularly in the light of reflections offered by Matt Segall. It concerns transcendence and immanence, being and becoming, eternity and processes in space and time – or to put it another way, the similarities and differences between the ontologies of Plato and AN Whitehead.” Dr Mark Vernon.
Dr Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Dr Jane Mulcahy on How to talk policy and influence people for her series on Law and Justice
Dr Jane Mulchay’s doctoral research examined prisoners and the experience of release from prison. This research was co-funded by the Irish Research Council and the Irish Probation Service. During this project, she began to notice recurring ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) among prisoners, and has since sought to examine their impact further. In this interview, Dr McGilchrist and Dr Mulcahy discuss some of the key differences between the right and left hemispheres of the brain in terms of function, attention and the way they see and interpret the world. They talk about “The Divided Brain” documentary (see trailer), where Dr McGilchrist observed that many of us are behaving as if we have “right hemisphere damage” and why this matters for human functioning and the health of the planet. They talk about examples of societies or civilisations where the brain hemispheres were more in balance and the merits of elevating subjects involving the right hemisphere like music, art, drama and dance as part of approach to educating children. They consider deficits within the Law, which relies heavily on reason and promotes a blinkered understanding of human behaviour and discuss whether left hemisphere dominance explains the tendency of western politics and public policy-making to view and respond to complex social problems in a bureaucratic, siloed, and compartmentalised way. Their discussion explores whether the Building Community Resilience model’s call to combine stories and statistics to push for change suggests an attempt to integrate the right and left hemispheres of the brain to maximise prospects of positively influencing policy. And in terms of pressing public policy issues they talk about nature and the climate crisis.
This excerpt is taken from a talk given by Dr Iain McGilchrist on ‘The School of Nothing Buttery’, for the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre. Here Dr McGilchrist discusses the dangers of a mechanistic philosophy, and how this affects the way we view the world. You watch the clip below and the full interview can be found on Channel McGilchrist here.
New video in the Member’s area on Channel McGilchrist – the distinction between different ways of knowing: information, thinking, aha! Moments and intuition
In the Member’s area on Channel McGilchrist, a new video was released last week called the distinction between different ways of knowing: information, thinking, aha! Moments and intuition. In this piece which was filmed at his home on the Isle of Skye, Dr McGilchrist and Mark Tyrrell discuss these distinct and different ways of knowing. You can watch it via the Member’s area. Information about joining can be found here.
Many of the videos in the Member’s area now have an audio player, which as well as allowing listening without video, enables you to download the audio for listening on the go.
Do you have a question for Dr McGilchrist?
Dr McGilchrist is very grateful to receive so many questions from you every day by email and he does read each and every one. Due to ongoing work commitments and the forthcoming publication of his new book, The Matter with Things, he is unable to respond personally to each one. The Q&A section in the Member’s area of Channel McGilchrist was created to offer you the chance of putting a question to Dr McGilchrist. A number are selected each month by Dr McGilchrist and answered in a recorded video. If you have a question which you would like to put forward for consideration, you can find out more here.
Later this month – Dr Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Dr Jordan Peterson
Since Dr McGilchrist and Dr Jordan Peterson first sat down for a brief talk a couple of years ago, which was entitled ‘As deep a question as you can possibly ask‘, both agreed they had more to discuss than the time that was allocated. Their busy schedules and Dr Peterson’s subsequent period of illness has meant that this long-awaited conversation was a while in the planning. But the conversation did finally take place earlier this year and will be released via Dr Peterson’s podcast towards the end of this month – we will keep you posted here with the precise release date.
Thank you for reading,
The Team at Channel McGilchrist