We are delighted to tell you that Dr Iain McGilchrist’s new book is now available for pre-order (** UK only **) with a discount exclusively through Channel McGilchrist. Furthermore, pre-ordering in advance means that you should receive the book between mid-October and the official publication date of 9th November 2021.
The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World, has taken Dr McGilchrist over a decade to write and has already received international acclaim. Louis Sass describes it as “…a work of remarkable inspiration and erudition, written with the soul and subtlety of a poet, the precision of a philosopher, and the no-nonsense grounding of a true scientist”, Rupert Read says it is “… nothing less than a work of genius, diagnosing our dire predicament in full, and offering a way forward, instead”, and Rupert Shortt writes, “McGilchrist demonstrates not just that there is more to the world than matter, but also that there is more to matter itself than grasped by the shallow materialisms of our age.”
About The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World
- Is the world essentially inert and mechanical – nothing but a collection of things for us to use?
- Are we ourselves nothing but the playthings of chance, embroiled in a war of all against all?
- Why, indeed, are we engaged in destroying everything that is valuable to us?
In this landmark new book, Iain McGilchrist addresses some of the oldest and hardest questions humanity faces – ones that, however, have a practical urgency for all of us today. Who are we? What is the world? How can we understand consciousness, matter, space and time? Is the cosmos without purpose or value? Can we really neglect the sacred and divine?
In doing so, he argues that we have become enslaved to an account of things dominated by the brain’s left hemisphere, one that blinds us to an awe-inspiring reality that is all around us, had we but eyes to see it. He suggests that in order to understand ourselves and the world we need science and intuition, reason and imagination, not just one or two; that they are in any case far from being in conflict; and that the brain’s right hemisphere plays the most important part in each. And he shows us how to recognise the ‘signature’ of the left hemisphere in our thinking, so as to avoid making decisions that bring disaster in their wake.
Following the paths of cutting-edge neurology, philosophy and physics, he reveals how each leads us to a similar vision of the world, one that is both profound and beautiful – and happens to be in line with the deepest traditions of human wisdom.
It is a vision that returns the world to life, and us to a better way of living in it: one we must embrace if we are to survive.
Thank you for reading,
The Team at Channel McGilchrist