We hope you are well. This week we have some exciting news as The Matter with Things has finally arrived. We also have news about upcoming events with the Scientific and Medical Network and two live on stage events this November where Iain will be in conversation with Philip Pullman on 9th November to mark the publication date of The Matter with Things, and with John Cleese on 23rd November.
The Matter with Things has finally arrived in the warehouse and on Iain’s desk. If you pre-ordered the book, you will receive your copy shortly in the post.
Pre-order your copy now at a discount – You can still receive your copy early before the official publication date of 9th November, and at the discounted price of £79.95, by ordering on Channel McGilchrist here.
“The idea that opposites coincide”, Dr McGilchrist writes, “is an ancient and arguably universal perception. As this talk will attempt to illuminate, many aspects of our current plight can be related to our complete failure to understand this essential truth.”
This failure, Dr McGilchrist argues, is linked to the hemisphere hypothesis first outlined in his landmark book The Master and his Emissary, and further developed in a book to be published next month, called The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World.
I hope you’ll join Dr McGilchrist and me, Dr Stephen Blackwood, wherever you are, for the lecture and ensuing discussion at noon ET on Tuesday, October 26th.
For more information and to register please click here.
Dr McGilchrist asks that participants read this richly intriguing passage from his book (which will take about ten minutes) with careful attention in advance of the lecture.
Saturday 30th October 2021, 10am- 4pm BST, Online Event
A unique opportunity for SMN Members and Subscribers to spend a day in the company of one of the greatest minds of our time!
- 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?
How To Academy will be hosting two live on stage events with Iain in conversation with Philip Pullman on the publication date of the book, 9th November, and another with John Cleese on 23rd November. These events will also be livestreamed.
More details and how to book are below.
Tue, 9 November 2021
7:15 pm – 8:30 pm GMT
Emmanuel Centre, London
A New Philosophy of Life
Philip Pullman Meets Iain McGilchrist
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.
Tue, 23 November 2021
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm GMT
Emmanuel Centre, London
John Cleese Meets Iain McGilchrist – Live on Stage in London
On Imagination, the Mind, and the Future of Culture
Join us for an unmissable meeting of art and science as the comedy legend and preeminent neuroscientist celebrate the power of human imagination.
Live on stage and live streamed across the globe, Cleese and McGilchrist will come together to explore the place of imagination in our lives and culture, drawing both upon The Matter With Things, McGilchrist’s bravura new work of neuroscience and philosophy, and Cleese’s lifelong practice of creativity at the highest level.
It’s an unmissable meeting of art and science.
This event is available to attend both in-person and as a livestream.
Both events are being hosted by How To Academy and if you have any questions, please see the How to Academy FAQ/Contact page.
In the member’s area of Channel McGilchrist
This week in the member’s area of CM, Iain reads the beginning of chapter 16 of The Matter With Things: Logic and paradox: a further study in left hemisphere capture. To find out more about joining click here.
Thank you for reading,
The Team at Channel McGilchrist