World Localization Day with Helena Norberg-Hodges’ Local Futures
Although Dr McGilchrist will not be taking part this year, he is very happy to support the work of Helena Norberg-Hodge and her World Localization Day event. This year an inspiring line-up of speakers include Russell Brand, Satish Kumar, Charles Eisenstein, Naomi Klein, Dr Gabor Mate and more. The message is simple – that it’s possible for humanity to thrive if we rebuild the fabric of intergenerational community and our deeper connections to nature.
This program is offered entirely for free or on a pay what you can basis. To read more and to book click here.
Resurgence Talks: Iain McGilchrist – Who Are We?
Dr Iain McGilchrist will be giving a talk followed by a Q & A for Resurgence, on Wednesday 28th July 2021 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST via Zoom. More details about this event will follow, and Iain will be addressing one of the most fundamental of all questions and which is central to his new book, The Matter with Things (due for publication later this year). Early booking is recommended. Tickets are available here.
Market Primacy and The Sustainability Crisis
(I am grateful to Responsible Investor for publishing an earlier version of this essay, ‘Can Economics Grasp What Ecology Says?’)
It is a great pleasure to submit an essay for Channel McGilchrist. No book has had a more profound impact on my thinking and subsequent life choices than The Master and His Emissary, albeit my first perusal was inauspicious.
Several years ago, while a family member was struggling with mental illness, I was introduced to the intriguing idea of ‘right brain to right brain’ therapy. Deciding I should learn more, I searched Amazon for books about ‘right brain therapy’ and was duly recommended The Master and His Emissary, which I hurriedly ordered along with some other titles. Alas, a few pages into Iain’s book, it was clear this was yet another of Amazon’s dud suggestions: not at all the practical guide to therapeutic intervention I needed. So, The Master… was cast aside for more pressing reading.
Fortunately, the worst of the storm clouds passed, free time returned, and I thought to give this McGilchrist fellow a second chance. If nothing else, it only seemed fair given the evident effort he had put into whatever it was he wanted to tell us. And extremely glad I did, because it triggered a fundamental reperception of the world – a sentiment I suspect is shared by many readers of this website.
As Gregory Bateson put it:
‘If a man achieves or suffers change in premises which are deeply embedded in his mind, he will surely find that the results of that change will ramify throughout his whole universe.’
It is hard to imagine premises that might be more deeply embedded in our minds than our sense of what our minds are striving to do and how! Though I had been searching for ‘right brain therapy’ for a specific reason, what Iain effectively led me to see was that Western civilization might benefit from a cultural-scale version of the same, and that my 25-year career in the sustainability field had brought me to one of the key front lines where left and right brain views collide. Read full article.
If you are interested in joining in some of the discussions taking place in the member’s area, here are some of the themes that have been discussed in the last few weeks.
- Left/right hemisphere and politics – our biggest thread so far, a fascinating discussion of 53 posts at the time of writing.
- Anecdotal Observations of LH Dominance in Society – “I wanted to hear from fellow readers of TMAHE about which behaviors we see among our fellow humans that seem like indications of LH-dominance.”
- Creativity – “Bit of a basic one, but thought given the nature of the membership it might be worth having a thread where people can post interesting works of art / music (would have to be linked) / literature / poetry that they like (for the right brain and the soul).”
Thank you for reading,
The team at Channel McGilchrist