As you are probably aware, Dr Iain McGilchrist’s new book The Matter With Things is now available to pre-order for UK residents. Apologies if you are overseas but a combination of logistical challenges and international shipping charges for a large and heavy book have not made it possible for us to offer overseas sales quite yet. However, overseas pre-orders will be available soon through another distributor and we will inform you as soon as that is the case.
This landmark new book addresses the most fundamental of all philosophical questions: who are we, and what is the nature of the world?
In his international bestseller, The Master and his Emissary, Dr McGilchrist demonstrated that each brain hemisphere provides us with a radically different ‘take’ on the world, and used this insight to deliver a fresh understanding of the main turning points in the history of Western civilisation. Twice before, in ancient Greece and Rome, the perception that evolved in the left hemisphere, which empowered us to manipulate the world, had ultimately come to eclipse the much more sophisticated take of the right hemisphere, which enabled us to understand it. On each occasion this heralded the collapse of a civilisation. And now it was happening for a third, and possibly last, time.
Some words from Iain McGilchrist on The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World
‘This book doesn’t just rehearse the argument of The Master and his Emissary, but builds on it to put forward a whole philosophy, addressing, and providing new answers to, the questions of what the world is and who we are – questions that I conceive to be absolutely central to our current plight. If we can’t see beyond the limitations of our contemporary reductionist mindset, we cannot survive; what’s more we can’t even argue that there is any point in our survival. I believe it presents the most articulate, and I hope compelling, argument for an alternative philosophy of life that I know, and I dare to hope that it might become a classic work.’
– Iain McGilchrist
New in Free Articles – Adeline by Dr Stephen Blackwood
Stephen Blackwood is president of Ralston College. Article originally published on First Things.
Until this morning, she was a living connection to things that for most of us are mere history lessons. She remembered the Spanish flu of 1918. She was born early in World War I, in the year T. S. Eliot wrote The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Babe Ruth hit his first career home run. She remembered Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir in the cafés of Marseille, and Winston Churchill (bathing in the Mediterranean), and Charles de Gaulle.
She was thirteen the year MLK was born. In 1937, she traveled La Route des Crètes, one of the world’s most beautiful seaside passageways, between La Ciotat and Cassis, by foot. She was nearly twenty-five when World War II began. Read the full article here.
Members of Channel McGilchrist
In the member’s area of Channel McGilchrist, you can join the lively chat in the discussion forum where Iain has posted some words about The Matter with Things. If you would also like to listen to Iain reading the Introduction to The Matter with Things, this is now also available to members. For more information on how to join click here.
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The Team at Channel McGilchrist