We hope you are keeping well. We would like to introduce you to Ralston College, a new article and an interview with the Fathom Trust in the Channel McGilchrist Member’s area. We have also made sharing a sign-up link to this newsletter with others much easier, which you will find below. We will soon also have some news to share about Dr Iain McGilchrist’s new book, The Matter with Things, and its publication date.
If you are not already familiar with Ralston College, we would like to introduce you to this inspiring place of learning, and its Founding President, Dr Stephen Blackwood. Dr Iain McGilchrist is honoured to have been made a Visitor of the College and we would like to draw your attention to their courses, talks and overall ethos. Dr Blackwood has interviewed Dr McGilchrist before which you can find on the Channel McGilchrist Free Videos page, and they will be speaking again in the near future. Their inspiring and much needed talks encompass some of the most pressing and relevant questions we have today. Last Thursday, architect Dr Marwa Al-Sabouni spoke about Architecture as a Matter of Life or Death, and Marwa was described by Dr Stephen Blackwood as “A voice of penetrating clarity and prophetic power, Al-Sabouni’s memoir, The Battle for Home, showed how the seeds of the devastating civil war were sown by the choices of architects and city planners. Her new book, Building For Hope, answers that tragedy by articulating a vision for how we can regenerate a shared sense of humanity and a coherent sense of home. Though born of particular and painful experience, Al-Sabouni’s insights are universal and offer consolation and hope amidst the civic alienation and aesthetic degradation facing so many of us today.” Do visit Ralston College’s website here.
Abstract. Standard economic theory uses mathematics as its main means of understanding, and this brings clarity of reasoning and logical power. But there is a drawback: algebraic mathematics restricts economic modeling to what can be expressed only in quantitative nouns, and this forces theory to leave out matters to do with process, formation, adjustment, and creation-matters to do with nonequilibrium. For these we need a different means of understanding, one that allows verbs as well as nouns. Algorithmic expression is such a means. It allows verbs-processes-as well as nouns-objects and quantities. It allows fuller description in economics, and can include heterogeneity of agents, actions as well as objects, and realistic models of behavior in ill-defined situations. The world that algorithms reveal is action-based as well as object-based, organic, possibly ever-changing, and not fully knowable. But it is strangely and wonderfully alive. Read full article
Dr McGilchrist is a trustee of a charity called The Fathom Trust.
The Fathom Trust is building a network of educational and therapeutic communities to help people suffering with stress, fatigue, and physical and psychological conditions to learn to live well and create social, economic, and spiritual renewal. They describe themselves as enriching lives by conserving traditional crafts and natural habitats. The interview with its founder, Dr Will Beharell can be viewed in the member’s area.
And finally, thank you for all your support whether you are new to Channel McGilchrist or whether you have been with us since we first launched last year. In the coming weeks we will be releasing some exciting news about Dr McGilchrist’s new book so if you would like to share a link for your friends to sign up to the newsletter, you can do so with this link. https://channelmcgilchrist.com/newsletter/
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