Free Online

Wed, 15 July 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with David Malone




A tour de force of neuroscience and philosophy, Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary speaks to everyone searching for happiness, meaning and understanding in the modern world.

For millennia humans have speculated upon the differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Why did evolution lead to humans and many other animals developing two cerebral hemispheres, separated by a groove? No neuroscientist would dispute that there are significant differences; but until now, no-one has understood why.

Dr Iain McGilchrist has an empirical answer to this question – and his ideas have profound consequences for how humans understand themselves and their place in the world. Roaming through the history of Western philosophy, art and literature, this conversation between Dr McGilchrist and science journalist David Malone will explore how the competition between the two hemispheres has shaped civilisation and progress and now, in our hyper-rationalist age, threatens to undermine the deepest and most sacred human values.

Fans of Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Greenfield and Antonio Damasio ought not to miss this compelling talk from one of the most exciting thinkers of our age.

Praise for Iain McGilchrist:

‘A profound examination.’ – Philip Pullman

‘Persuasively argues that our society is suffering from the consequences of an over-dominant left hemisphere losing touch with its natural regulative `master’ the right. Brilliant and disturbing.’–Salley Vickers, a Guardian ‘Best Book of the Year’

‘Clear, penetrating, lively, thorough and fascinating. . . . I couldn’t put it down.’–Mary Midgley, The Guardian

‘One of the few contemporary works deserving classic status.’–Nicholas Shakespeare, The Times

‘A landmark. . . It tells a story you need to hear, of where we live now.’–Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

‘A seminal book.’–Professor Ervin László, Huffington Post

‘McGilchrist describes broad [intellectual] movements and famous figures as if they were battles and soldiers in a 2,500-year war between the brain’s hemispheres. . .A scintillating intelligence is at work.’–Economist

‘A fascinating book. . . [McGilchrist] is a subtle and clever thinker, and unusually qualified to range with such authority over so many different domains of knowledge.’–Harry Eyres, Financial Times

This event takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

About Our Digital Programme:

In response to the global pandemic, How To Academy is curating a not-for-profit programme of live-streamed talks and conversations bringing you advice, insight and entertainment. Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis, including a Free option for those who cannot afford more at this difficult time. Thank you for your help sustaining How To Academy through the crisis — and for enabling us to share new thinking from across the globe at a time when it has never been more important.

Books will be shipped within two weeks of the event (hopefully sooner). Please note that due to the challenges of distribution during the global pandemic, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know. Thank you for supporting a local London business, Primrose Hill Books.

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