“To me, a universe with tendencies towards beauty, complexity, and the rich unfolding of uniqueness is already teleological. It is a verb with many adverbs, not just a matter of nouns chasing nouns.”
The Matter with Things
As we move closer to the publication date of Iain McGilchrist’s new book, The Matter with Things, this is a reminder that pre-orders are still available only in the UK via Channel McGilchrist and also now on Amazon.co.uk.
In this newsletter we share an excerpt from Iain’s interview with Russell Brand, the contents page for The Matter with Things, details about the October 2021 residential Cotswolds event, as well as some of the questions that Iain responded to from members of Channel McGilchrist.
Describing Iain as one of his favourite guests, here are some words from Russell Brand about the conversation:
“This is a fantastic podcast that discusses Iain’s work, the differences between the left and the right hemispheres, but also much more than that. We delve into some deep philosophical discussions about how we perceive and understand reality, God and the mystical; how being a spiritual person really is “no picnic;” and we speak about therapy, psychiatry, and the challenges we face when trying to help one another. It’s a wonderful conversation, and we will definitely be having Iain back again!”
You can listen to the full interview by subscribing to Russell’s podcast here. There are also clips on Russell’s Facebook and Twitter pages and on his YouTube channel too.
The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World (Volumes I & II)
On the web page for The Matter with Things, you can watch/listen to Iain talking about his new book – both the contents and his approach to it. This book took over 10 years to write and Iain describes the process; “It’s almost as if the book took over me and my life and demanded to be written.” You will also find the contents page here. If you are in the UK, the book can be pre-ordered here on Channel McGilchrist and now also on Amazon.co.uk.
There may still be some places for this October event. If you would like to spend four days in the Cotswolds with Iain and other like-minded friends, please contact Samantha Field. As well as covering the work laid out in the The Master and His Emissary, Iain will be sharing some new lectures based on The Matter with Things.
If you have a question you would like to put to Iain, you can do so through the Member’s area of Channel McGilchrist. Here are some of the recent questions members asked and Iain responded to. To hear his responses, you can sign up here.
“We tend to see the world in terms of ‘things’. This includes ‘selves’, perhaps the ‘things’ with which we are most familiar. The problem, then, is how to explain change, how ‘things’ and ‘selves’ change yet somehow remain the same. We find it difficult to see change, process, as primary. As ‘selves’ we are caught up in the ‘tyranny of the first person’, seeing ourselves as static ‘essences’ rather than as ongoing processes, containing and embedded in other processes. Would you agree that ‘we’ are ‘no more than transient patterns of stability in the surrounding flux, temporary eddies in the continuous flow of process.’ (Everything Flows), that ‘we’ are temporal-spatial embodied becomings?”
“Some of the symbolism of ancient Egypt (cats, disembodied floating eyes, geometric shapes) is reminiscent of features you have described in the art of those suffering from schizophrenia. What do you make of this, is this just a coincidence?.”
We look forward to being in touch again soon.
The Team at Channel McGilchrist