We hope you are keeping well. To mark the publication date of The Matter with Things on 9th November, Iain will be in conversation with Philip Pullman at How To Academy’s live event in London. This event is much anticipated and will also be live streamed. Full details and how to book are below.
As publication date comes closer, you still have the chance to pre-order your copy of the book at a discount (currently for UK only still) and members of Channel McGilchrist have been able to listen to Iain reading a further excerpt from his chapter on Time. Further details can be found below.
A New Philosophy of Life – How to Academy Event:
Philip Pullman Meets Iain McGilchrist, Author of The Master and His Emissary
Tuesday 9th November 2021
7:15 pm – 8:30 pm GMT
Emmanuel Centre, London
Join the award-winning novelist and acclaimed neuroscientist for a profound new story of what the world is and who we are.
Philip Pullman’s novels are a testament to the power of the human imagination and a celebration of our capacity for wonder, proving to millions of readers across the globe that enchantment still has a profound role to play in our age of reason.
It is an ethos shared by the neuroscientist Iain McGilchrist, whose book The Master and His Emissary was that rare thing: a bestselling classic of modern philosophy with genuine relevance to human life.
In this live and livestream event, the two men will come together to explore The Matter With Things, McGilchrist’s ground-breaking sequel to The Master and His Emissary and the culmination of a lifetime of thought.
Drawing together his insights as a scholar and practitioner of medicine, psychiatry, neuroscience, philosophy, theology and the arts, and directly addressing our contemporary malaise and the future of life on earth, this is not a rehearsal of McGilchrist’s previous ideas but an articulate and compelling argument for a new philosophy of living.
How does the brain produce our experience of the world? What role do science, reason, and imagination play in the search for truth – and how much should we trust each of these paths to knowledge? What do they tell us about the nature of the cosmos and of ourselves as its inhabitants? How can we make sense of the building blocks of universe – time, space, motion, matter, consciousness, values, purpose and the existence or otherwise of what we refer to as God?
For anyone who feels disenchanted with the contemporary way of living and seeks a richer, more humanitarian, more enlightened way of being, this live and live streamed event is unmissable.
This event is available to attend both in-person and as a livestream.
For more information and to book, please see the How to Academy event page.
Don’t forget you can still pre-order The Matter with Things at a discount (UK only) here.
Channel McGilchrist Membership
Members of Channel McGilchrist have been able to listen to Iain reading an excerpt later in Chapter 22 on Time. The reading begins:
“Because we think of time as a thing, to be filled with other things, we foreground it, and of course, spatialise it. We hasten always to pack more in, often seeking to do, but it cannot truly be done, as many things as we can at the same time. It leads us to feel we are always running against the clock, running after things and snatching them hastily, putting them into our little, always too little, bag of time.”
To join in the lively discussion forum about The Matter with Things and to hear excerpts before its release, you can find out more about joining Channel McGilchrist here.
Thank you for reading,
The Team at Channel McGilchrist